From Parchment to Power
How James Madison Used the Bill of Rights to Save the Constitution

  • Title:

    From Parchment to Power
  • Format:

    Paperback
  • Paperback Price:

    14.95
  • Paperback ISBN:

    0-8447-4013-6
  • Paperback Dimensions:

    9.75'' x 6.5''
  • 225 Paperback pages
  • Hardcover ISBN:

    0-8447-4012-8
  • Buy the Book

In this book, renowned constitutional historian and AEI resident scholar Robert A. Goldwin tells the story of how and why Madison went from skeptic to advocate of a bill of rights, and how he single-handedly maneuvered his amendments through a reluctant Congress. Goldwin reveals how James Madison thought through, and then implemented, a design to put the Constitution on the firmest possible foundation, a foundation of popular support so solid that the Constitution of the United states has lasted incomparably longer than any other in the world.

From Parchment to Power will appeal to policy makers, historians, and constitution specialists as well as general readers interested in history and politics.

Robert A. Goldwin is a resident scholar of constitutional studies at AEI. He has served in the White House as special consultant to the president and, concurrently, as adviser to the secretary of defense. He has taught political science at the University of Chicago and at Kenyon College and was dean of St. John's College in Annapolis. He is the editor of more than a score of books on American politics, senior editor of the AEI series A Decade of Study of the Constitution, and author of numerous articles, many of which appear in Why Blacks, Women, and Jews Are Not Mentioned in the Constitution (AEI Press, 1990).

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Robert A.
Goldwin (1922-2010)
  • Robert A. Goldwin served in the White House as a special consultant to President Gerald Ford and, concurrently, in the Pentagon as an adviser to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Mr. Goldwin previously worked for Mr. Rumsfeld at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, taught political science at the University of Chicago and Kenyon College, and later became dean of St. John's College in Annapolis. He has edited more than twenty books on American politics, including a ten-volume AEI series on the Constitution: A Decade of Study of the Constitution.

     

What's new on AEI

Making Ryan's tax plan smarter
image The teacher evaluation confronts the future
image How to reform the US immigration system
image Inversion hysteria
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 01
    MON
  • 02
    TUE
  • 03
    WED
  • 04
    THU
  • 05
    FRI
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
From anarchy to Augustus: Lessons on dealing with disorder, from Rome’s first emperor

We invite you to join us for two panel discussions on how Augustus created order from chaos 2,000 years ago, and what makes for durable domestic and international political systems in the 21st century.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Multiple choice: Expanding opportunity through innovation in K–12 education

Please join us for a book launch event and panel discussion about how a marketplace of education options can help today's students succeed in tomorrow's economy. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the featured book.

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
How conservatives can save the safety net

Please join us for a luncheon event in which our panel will discuss what conservatives can learn from how liberals talk and think about the safety net and where free-market economics, federalism, and social responsibility intersect to lift people out of poverty.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.