Founding friendship : George Washington, James Madison, and the creation of the American republic /

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Main Author: Leibiger, Stuart Eric.
Format: Book
Published:Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1999.
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Leibiger has written an important narrative and analysis of the collaboration between Madison and Washington during the early years of the Republic. What began as a convenience blossomed into genuine companionship between two moderate nationalists. Each found the other essential to accomplish certain goals as they tried to develop a governmental structure that would protect individuals' rights. By 1790, however, the relationship faltered as each man moved in opposite directions. The more Madison aligned with anti-Federalists, the closer Washington moved toward Hamilton and the Federalists. After 1790 Washington seemed more preoccupied with power and Madison with republicanism. Hamilton's financial program exposed the differences between them, and the Jay Treaty led to a final confrontation. This is an interesting analysis that forces readers to rethink the history of the early Republic, and belongs in all collections on this period. All levels. J. Andrew; Franklin and Marshall College

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