A Review James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation by Jeff Broadwater (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).
Speaking at the celebration of the completion of the restoration of Montpelier, Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Montpelier restored is certainly beautiful but is in no sense the most fitting memorial to James Madison. If you’re looking for Madison’s memorial, look around…look around at a free country governed by the rule of law.”
There is no monument to James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, in Washington, D.C. In contrast, the monument to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the man who arguably did the most to dismantle the delicate balance of powers in that document takes up about an acre.
Guess what. James Madison wouldn’t care.
Jeff Broadwater’s recent Madison biography — James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation — understands that. Broadwater, a professor of history at Barton College, appreciates the unassuming nature of the man they called “Little Jemmy” (he stood about 5 feet four inches tall and never weighed more than 140 pounds).
To understand why this seeming slight wouldn’t bother the diminutive Madison, take a visit to his grave on …
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