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Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution$
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Jeff Broadwater

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651019

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651019.001.0001

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The Coarse and Dry Study of the Law

The Coarse and Dry Study of the Law

1743 — 1774

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(p.1) One The Coarse and Dry Study of the Law
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Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution
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Jeff Broadwater

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651019.003.0001

The first chapter examines the early lives and education of Jefferson and Madison. Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary and studied law under George Wythe. He was also influenced by the writings of John Locke, Obidiah Hulme, Lord Bolingbroke, Lord Shaftesbury, Francis Hutcheson, and Lord Kames, and developed an essentially optimistic view of human nature. Madison studied under the Presbyterian theologian John Witherspoon at what is today Princeton University. Madison early on became a strong believer in freedom of religion. Meanwhile, Jefferson was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses and produced his first important public paper, A Summary View of the Rights of British America. A Summary View challenged the authority of Parliament in Britain’s American colonies and marked Jefferson’s emergence as a major political figure.

Keywords:   College of William and Mary, John Locke, Obidiah Hulme, Lord Bolingbroke, Francis Hutcheson, Lord Kames, John Witherspoon, Princeton University, religious freedom, A Summary View of the Rights of British America

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