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James Madison - Things To Remember While Reading Excerpts From "amendments To The Constitution":

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  • Citizens of the new nation did not want to find themselves once again at the mercy of a powerful court system as they had been in the king's courts of Britain. They sought fairness in how criminal justice was administered.
  • Madison received a solid education at what later became known as Princeton University studying the important thinkers of Europe. He accepted the growing idea that humans fully possessed the power of reason, the basis for emphasizing individual rights over the power of government. Madison also read law but was not interested in its practice.
  • Being short of stature and poor in health, Madison tackled revolutionary politics rather than the battlefield. At twenty-five years of age Madison served as an intellectual force in the American Revolution (1775–83) war effort.
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