James Madison and the Constitution: A Case of Reluctant Paternity?

Considering the disconnects we have highlighted begs the question: do we need to rethink what we know about Madison's paternity of the Constitution? Or do we need to reconsider the ways the Constitution was created and understood as it came into practice and the role(s) Madison played?

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Estes investigates an interesting dilemma: why is James Madison frequently called “The Father of the Constitution” when there were so many parts of the document that he seemingly disliked, opposed, or believed should be either added to or deleted from the text?


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