James Madison

Selected Works of James Madison

  • HTML Version Text Version Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 — Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia, an essential guide to interpreting the intent of the Framers, but not published until 1840, following his death.
  • HTML Version Text Version The Federalist Papers, with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay — Published in several New York newspapers in 1787-88. Arguments for ratification of the proposed Constitution.
  • HTML Version Text Version The Question of a Bill of Rights — Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 17, 1788.
  • HTML Version Virginia Report — 1800. Set forth much of the "doctrine of '98".
  • HTML Version Text Version First Inaugural Address — March 4, 1809.
  • HTML Version Text Version Second Inaugural Address — March 4, 1813.
  • HTML Version Text Version Veto of federal public works bill — March 3, 1817. Provides important guide to the interpretation of the "general welfare" and "necessary and proper" clauses of the Constitution.

Commentaries by others

  • HTML Version Text Version From Interposition to Nullification: Peripheries and Center in the Thought of James Madison, K.R. Constantine Gutzman, from Essays in History, Vol. 36, 1994, Univ. of Virginia Dept. of History.
  • HTML Version Text Version Some of the First Official Meanings Assigned to the Establishment Clause, Jim Allison

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