James Madison | Critical Essay by William Lee Miller

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of James Madison.
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Critical Essay by William Lee Miller

SOURCE: Miller, William Lee. “Many Hands.” In The Business of May Next: James Madison and the Founding, pp. 142-52. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1992.

In the following essay, Miller discusses Madison's role as the “Father of the Constitution,” suggesting that such a label is inappropriate given the collaborative nature of the founding of the republic.

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Was Madison the Father of the Constitution? That is the wrong metaphor, for Madison or for anyone else. The singleness of the metaphor of fatherhood is inappropriate to the collaborative complexity of this successful republican state-making. A later president, John F. Kennedy, quoting a “Chinese proverb” that no one has been able to find, would remark that “victory has a hundred fathers. Defeat is an orphan.”...

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