Forging the American Nation, 1787-1791

James Madison and the Federalist Revolution

  • Shlomo Slonim

About this book


This book presents an original historical-legal analysis of the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Drawing upon James Madison’s own minutes of the 1787 Convention, it focuses on Madison’s crucial role in shaping a bill of rights that would both reserve the states’ powers and confirm the implied powers doctrine for the federal government. This comprehensive work is indispensable for understanding the origins of the federal system of government and its impact on later developments in the United States.  


James Madison U.S. Supreme Court adoption of the Constitution Articles of Confederation early American government implied powers doctrine Bill of Rights Tenth Amendment reserved powers clause judicial review constitutional interpretation Dual Federalism New Federalism legislative veto states' rights

Authors and affiliations

  • Shlomo Slonim
    • 1
  1. 1.Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95162-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-95163-5
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