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    Constitution and Bill of Rights Debate

    Richard Brookhiser talked about the Constitutional Convention and the debate over whether to include a bill of rights in the founding document.

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    Dutch and English Influence on the Constitution

    Mau VanDuren talked about his book Many Heads and Many Hands: James Madison’s Search for a More Perfect Union, in which he argues that American constitutional values, such as freedom of…

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    Madison's Hand

    Mary Sarah Bilder talked about her book Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention, in which she examines James Madison’s notes on the 1787 Constitutional Convention. She spoke…

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    A Slave in the White House

    Elizabeth Dowling Taylor recounts the life of Paul Jennings, born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in 1799 and later a member of the household staff of President Madison. The…

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    In Depth with Lynne Cheney

    Lynne Cheney talked about her life and career and responded to viewer calls and questions. Her latest book is James Madison: A Life Reconsidered. He other books include We the People, Blue…

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    Becoming Madison

    Michael Signer talked about his book, Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father, and responded to questions from the audience. He spoke in the James…

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    History of the Treaty of Ghent

    Park Ranger Jim Bailey talked about the history and importance of the Treaty of Ghent. He discussed the origins of the war of 1812 and how the British and Americans responded to the treaty.…

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    President Madison and the War of 1812

    Historical reenactor John Douglas Hall portrayed President Madison and discussed the origins of the War of 1812. To mark the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent by the…

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    Q&A with David Stewart

    David O. Stewart talked about his book Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, in which he explores the role that James Madison played in the founding of the U.S. In his book,…

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    James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

    Lynne Cheney talked about her book, James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, in which she examines the political philosophy and presidential tenure of America’s fourth president. President…

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    James Madison and the Constitution

    Jack Rakove talked about James Madison’s role in the creation of the Constitution. He also spoke about James Madison’s arguments in the Federalist papers he co-published with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.…

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    James Madison and the Constitution

    Christ Arndt talked about the constitutional conventions of the late 1700s, including the failures of the Articles of Confederation and the role of James Madison in the framing of the…

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    Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War

    Historian Hugh Howard recounts the War of 1812 from the view point of President James Madison and first lady Dolley Madison. The author examines President Madison’s decision to declare war,…

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    Life Portrait of James Madison

    In the fourth in a series on American presidents, James Madison’s life and career were discussed. Mr. Rakove talked about Madison’s childhood and his education. He took calls from viewers. Ms.…

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    A Slave in the White House

    Elizabeth Dowling Taylor talked about her book, A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. In her book she recounts the life of Paul Jennings, born into slavery on the…

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    Gilmore Cabin at Montpelier

    The history of the transition from slavery to freedom for African Americans is told at the Gilmore Cabin on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier in Virginia. Born a slave for President Madison in 1810, George…

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    Catherine Allgor on Dolley Madison

    Catherine Allgor discussed how first lady Dolley Madison came to symbolize the new American democracy in the War of 1812. She responded to questions from members of the audience at the Norfolk…

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    Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Madison White House

    Benjamin Henry Latrobe - regarded as the ``Father of American Architecture'' - worked closely with President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison to refine the look and function of the…

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    James Madison's Montpelier

    Michael Quinn gave a tour of the home of James and Dolley Madison and talked about why the fourth president of the United States is often called “the father of the U.S. Constitution.” Montpelier,…

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    The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814

    On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain. On the occasion of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, historian Anthony Pitch, author of The Burning of Washington: The…

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