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Jefferson & Madison

Three Conversations from the Founding

Lance Banning

In this thought-provoking book, Lance Banning examines the reflections of Jefferson and Madison on the purpose and need for a bill of rights, their discussion of the nature and necessity of 'public spirit' in a republic, of the usefulness of political rebellion, and Jefferson's reminder that 'the earth belongs . . . to the living.' The author adds selected primary documents to enhance each chapter. This interchange between two of America's greatest thinkers reveals the way in which the two men thought about democracy, public debt, the ownership of property, and the relationship between the present and future generations. Banning provides a glimpse into the intellectual world of the Founders, as well as insight into our own. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 256Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-0-945612-42-1 • Hardback • April 1995 • $84.00 • (£54.95)
978-0-945612-48-3 • Paperback • April 1995 • $38.00 • (£24.95) - Currently out of stock. Copies will arrive soon.
Lance Banning is author of The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Creation of the Federal Republic and The Jeffersonian Persuasion: Evolution of a Party Ideology.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Preface
Chapter 3 A Declaration of Essential Rights
Chapter 4 "The Earth Belongs to the Living": Property and Public Debt in a Republic
Chapter 5 Public Spirit
Chapter 6 Introductory Documents
Chapter 7 Documents for Chapter One
Chapter 8 Documents for Chapter Two
Chapter 9 Documents for Chapter Three
Chapter 10 Reading Further
Chapter 11 Index
Both Jefferson and Madison were concerned with problems that still face us—individual rights and the national debt. . . . [Banning's] target audience is not only scholars but Americans who feel that Jefferson and Madison are relevant today.
Library Journal

A well-crafted work of history that not only gives insight into the lives and thoughts of the two men but also stimulates thought about the public institutions they helped create.