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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

1776—1781

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(p.54) Three A Friendship Was Formed
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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/9781469651019.003.0003

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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