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In 1789, James Madison, despite opposition from former federalist allies, introduced a series of twelve constitutional amendments to the newly formed Congress, ten of which were ratified in 1791; earning him the title `father of the Bill of Rights.'
This article explores the route Madison's reluctant support of the amendments and the political realities that forced him to take his well-earned place in the history of liberty.
Keywords: James Madison, amendments, Congress
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Finkelman, Paul, James Madison and the Bill of Rights: A Reluctant Paternity. Supreme Court Review, Vol. 9, No. 301, 1990. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1120299