James Madison (1751–1836) began his political career and influence on American history as an early Virginian politician, having represented Virginia as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Madison, author of the Federalist Papers, was an advocate of a strong national government. In debates, he emphasized that the Constitution's protections, particularly government as a system of checks, balances, and separated powers, would prevent tyrannical government and maintain order. While he is most widely famed for his substantial contributions to the framing ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles