President James Madison

American History Hit

His life is one of firsts for the United States. Having contributed to the Federalist Papers, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, in 1812 James Madison became the first President to make a declaration of war.

In the fourth episode of our presidential series, we’re taking a closer look at Madison’s two terms. How did his policies differ from those of his predecessors? How much was his diplomacy influenced by his former role as Jefferson’s Secretary of State? Why might this period of Madison’s life be seen as his least impressive?

Don is talking to Kevin R. Gutzman of Western Connecticut State University, author of ‘James Madison and the Making of America’ and ‘The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe’.

Produced by Sophie Gee. Edited by Siobhan Dale. Senior Producer was Charlotte Long.

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