James Madison As A Founding Father

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James Madison is one of the most under-appreciated U.S. presidents and founding fathers in history, in spite of his great accomplishments. These accomplishments aided America in its formation, through its search for independence, and even through its struggle to become a legitimate nation. Just one example of him displaying his passion to make sure America was stable was his optionsition to the Alien and Sedition Act( President John Adams) by him drafting “ the Virginia Resolves, which protested the Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)” (O’Brien) This act allowed the federal government to deport any foreigner or “alien” if the government found them suspicious. This demonstrates how Madison was able to recognize and address when there was a problem …show more content…
Before explaining what Madison did as a founding father of a new nation, it is important to understand what exactly the role of a founding father is. A founding father is someone who lays the groundwork on how a nation should be run for example through documents such as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. James Madison was detrimental in the creation of the Constitution because he created the Virginia Plan. A few years after America had become an independent nation from Britain, Madison, and a few other important political leaders realized that the Article of Confederation was no longer sufficient. As a result, in 1787, the Constitutional Convention was held. During that convention, Madison created The Virginia Plan, which “ advocated a strong central government and served as a working model for the new U.S. Constitution” (James Madison). The Virginia Plan served as a way of settling the disagreements between the northern and southern states over the legislature. The plan called for two bodies of the legislature the House and the Senate. The house would have members based on the population of a state and the Senate would have two members in each state. James Madison was fundamental in ratifying the Constitution with the Federalist Papers. He with other federalists such as, “Alexander Hamilton and John Jay to the brilliantly polemical …show more content…
As a founding father, he pushed America into the America it is today, had it not been for his work on the Virginia plan and his essays for ratification America would not have a constitution. Which is a fundamental document that is the foundation for the nation. In his eight-year presidential term also proved helpful in the American’s sense of pride in their country. It showed that the American can and would stand up to those who would try to suppress them, and is often called America’s second revolution. Overall James Madison is an influential leader and how he aided the nation should be recognized

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