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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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A Friendship Was Formed

A Friendship Was Formed


(p.54) Three A Friendship Was Formed
Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution

Jeff Broadwater

University of North Carolina Press

In this chapter, which among other things, discusses the adoption of the Articles of Confederation, Jefferson and Madison encounter the major political issues confronting the new republic: allocating representation in the national legislature and accounting for America’s enslaved population; resolving state land claims in the West; securing American access to the Mississippi River; and maintaining a stable currency, all while waging a war for independence. Convinced nevertheless that even more important work remained to be done within the individual states, Jefferson embarked on a campaign to reform Virginia’s legal code. Elected governor in June 1779, Jefferson began to form a close friendship with Madison, who served on the governor’s council before being elected to the Continental Congress in December 1779. After entering Congress, Madison soon emerged as a leader of the more nationalistic delegates.

Keywords:   Articles of Confederation, representation, enslaved population, state land claims, Mississippi River, governor’s council, nationalistic delegates

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