James Madison's Contribution To The Establishment Of The United States

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The early days of the United States were detrimental as they determined what type of government the colonies were going to have. James Madison, the author of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers, is one of the most important political figures and Founding Fathers that persevered religious freedom and a balanced national and state government. Madison’s contributions to the establishment of the American republic extremely significant,; however they were less noticed and overshadowed by other Founding Fathers, such as Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. To many Americans the U.S. Constitution was written by the words of God1, however the document that embodies the fundamental laws and principles that governs the …show more content…
President (1809 to 1817), Madison first became a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia from 1774 to 1789; nonetheless, Madison left Congress in 1783 to work on religious freedom at the Virginia assembly. After Great Britain surrendered to the colonies in 1776 due to their lack of interest in the destroyed lands, the Continental Congress wrote the Articles of Confederation as the first constitution. Ratified in March 1, 1781, the Articles of Confederation mandated that the national and state government were not allowed to print money, tax, raise an army. In order to fix the numerous issues that the Articles of Confederation brought to the states, Madison felt that the solution was to create a new constitution that would balance and check the power of each branch. Thus, as the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia took place, Madison presented his ideas of an effective government system. In order to make it seem as the plan was gathered by many delegated instead of just Madison, the plan was presented as the Virginia plan, which organized the …show more content…
President, Madison was elected to be the newly formed U.S. House of Representatives (1789-1797). After understanding that the Constitution gave tremendous amount of power to the federal government, Madison worked to draft the Bill of Rights in order to periodically highlight the individual rights of the people. The Federalist fought against the Bills of rights by using James Wilson’s “‘reserved powers theory’” and that the “no bill of rights would be needed because the government has power to act only where power has been expressly granted powers and powers not given were retained by the people” (Ame. Gov., 7th Edition, pg 76-78). However, the Bill of Rights was ratified by the states in 1791. Moreover, Thomas Jefferson and Madison founded the Democratic-Republican Party, a party that believed in an agrarian-based, decentralized, and democratic government. Jefferson and Madison believed that the states could be democratic as possible, but still maintain it a republic. This was significant due to the party becoming America’s first opposition political party. The Democratic- Republicans won this against the Federalist; we can clearly see that the United States is a Democratic nations while still being a republic. Madison’s mistake was to put his trust on the elite, but he tried fixing this mistake by creating an upper, middle, and lower class that was supposed to balance each other. This transformation is represented in our

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