James Madison: Champion of Liberty and Justice

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UW-Madison Libraries Parallel Press, 2006 - Počet stran: 110

The elegant prose of America's Revolutionary generation is found in this series of chapbook
biographies by US Constitution historian John P. Kaminski, who adds dimension to the
historic dramas of revolution and nation-making. Unlike traditional biographies, these
chapbooks emphasize the character, mannerisms, and physical appearance of the subjects
as they were known to their contemporaries. In a unique way, the illuminating vignettes
and "behind-the-curtain" glimpses of both well-known and obscure events provide a new
perspective on the Founding generation.

Titles include:
* George Washington: "The Man of the Age" 978-1-893311-99-2 (117 pages, 5 x 9)
* Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher and Politician 978-1-893311-59-6 (94 pages, 5 x 9)
* James Madison: Champion of Liberty and Justice 978-1-893311-65-7 (110 pages, 5 x 9)
* Lafayette: The Boy General 978-1-893311-84-8 (116 pages, 5 x 9)
* Abigail Adams: An American Heroine 978-1-893311-93-0 (134 pages, 5 x 9)

 

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Strana 63 - If men were angels, no Government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on Government would be necessary. In framing a Government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this : you must first enable the Government to control the governed ; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
Strana 64 - In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people, is first divided between two distinct governments, and then the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments. Hence a double security arises to the rights of the people. The different governments will control each other ; at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.
Strana 61 - Extend the sphere, and you take in a greater variety of parties and interests ; you make it less probable that a majority of the whole will have a common motive to invade the rights of other citizens, or if such a common motive exists, it will be more difficult for all who feel it to discover their own strength, and to act in unison with each other.
Strana 82 - ... the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
Strana 55 - In this favorable position for hearing all that passed, I noted in terms legible, and in abbreviations and marks intelligible to myself, what was read from the chair or spoken by the members; and losing not a moment unnecessarily between the adjournment and reassembling of the Convention, I was enabled to write out my daily notes during the session or within a few finishing days after its close, in the extent and form, preserved in my own hand, on my files.
Strana 105 - To myself you have been a pillar of support through life. Take care of me when dead, and be assured that I shall leave with you my last affections.
Strana 7 - The use of words is to express ideas. Perspicuity, therefore, requires not only that the ideas should be distinctly formed, but that they should be expressed by words distinctly and exclusively appropriate to them.
Strana 27 - Every State shall abide by the determinations of the United States in Congress assembled, on all questions which, by this Confederation, are submitted to them. And the Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every State ; and the Union shall be perpetual.
Strana 63 - It is evident that no other form would be reconcilable with the genius of the People of America; with the fundamental principles of the Revolution ; or with that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom, to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.
Strana 106 - The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is, THAT THE UNION OF THE STATES BE CHERISHED AND PERPETUATED. LET THE OPEN ENEMY TO IT BE REGARDED AS A PANDORA WITH HER BOX OPENED, AND THE DISGUISED ONE AS THE SERPENT CREEPING WITH HIS DEADLY WILES INTO PARADISE.

O autorovi (2006)

John P. Kaminski is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also editor of the multivolume Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. A professor emeritus from the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is the author or editor of twenty-five other books on early American history.

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