Portland State University. Department of History
David A. Johnson
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Master of Arts (M.A.) in History
James Madison (1751-1836) -- Political and social views, United States -- History -- 1783-1815
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In the twentieth century the debate over the ideological origins of the founding period and early republic has resulted in a polarization of historical interpretations. Recently, the conflict has centered on historians who use either the liberal or classical republican paradigms to explain these eras. Scholars of the founding period have argued for the dominance of one political ideology or the other in the thought of important figures of this time. Unfortunately, this struggle has led to a narrow interpretation of arguably the greatest thinker in American History, James Madison. To the contrary, I hold Madison's thought was influenced by both liberal and classical republican ideas, and in this thesis I explore that interpretation.
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Witherow, John S., "The Enigmatic Founder: Liberalism, Republicanism and the Thought of James Madison" (1990). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4113.