Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights and the Election That Saved a Nation

Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights and the Election That Saved a Nation

Chris DeRose


The remarkable real tale of the Election That kept the Constitution

In 1789, James Madison and James Monroe ran opposed to one another for Congress—the simply time that destiny presidents have contested a congressional seat.

But what was once at stake, as writer Chris DeRose unearths in Founding opponents: Madison vs. Monroe, the invoice of Rights, and the Election That stored a Nation, was once greater than own ambition. This used to be a race that made up our minds the way forward for the structure, the invoice of Rights, the very definition of the USA of America.

Friends and political allies for many in their lives, Madison used to be the Constitution’s primary writer, Monroe one in all its top rivals. Monroe proposal the structure gave the government an excessive amount of energy and didn't warrantly primary rights. Madison believed that with out the structure, the USA wouldn't survive.

It used to be an important congressional race in American heritage, extra very important than all yet a number of presidential elections, and but it really is person who historians have nearly neglected. In Founding competitors, DeRose, himself a political strategist who has fought campaigns in Madison and Monroe’s district, relives the crusade, retraces the candidates’ footsteps, and gives the 1st insightful, accomplished background of this high-stakes political battle.

DeRose reveals:

• How Madison’s election ensured the passage of a invoice of Rights—and how;
• Monroe’s election could have ensured its failure;
• How Madison got here from at the back of to win a slender victory (by a margin of basically 336 votes) in a district gerrymandered opposed to him;
• How the invoice of Rights emerged as a crusade promise to Virginia’s evangelical Christians;
• Why Madison’s defeat may need resulted in a brand new Constitutional Convention—and the breakup of the United States.

Founding Rivals tells the intense, overlooked tale of 2 of America’s most crucial Founding Fathers. dropped at existence through unheard of learn, it truly is the most provocative books of yank political historical past you are going to learn this yr.

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