A Son of Virginia & a Founder of the Nation
By Jeff Broadwater
University of North Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9780807835302, 266pp.
Publication Date: March 2012
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In these pages, Madison emerges as a remarkably resilient politician, an unlikely wartime leader who survived repeated setbacks in the War of 1812 with his popularity intact. Yet Broadwater shows that despite his keen intelligence, the more Madison thought about one issue, race, the more muddled his thinking became, and his conviction that white prejudices were intractable prevented him from fully grappling with the dilemma of American slavery.