Frances Taylor Madison, daughter of one of the first settlers in the Piedmont county of Orange in the colony of Virginia, died on Wednesday.............
In the first preface to this book written nearly two decades ago, I noted that, with the new material available, information about Madison was "almost oppressively abundant." (Preface to the Paperback Edition)
This book seeks to record, with reasonable fairness and completeness, the life of James Madison. (Preface)
Madison's life reveals that he cherished the Union because only the cooperative power it released could bring the social justice necessary to fulfil the legal and moral equality of man. He furthermore cherished liberty because only it could open to man the opportunities due his limitless potential. His life has meaning, therefore, as long as these equations themselves are cherished and as long as men conceive government as legitimate only in pursuit of these ends.