James Madison was a professional politician. Politics was his only vocation and as the consummate politician of the founding era he labored under the Articles of Confederation, brought about the Constitutional Convention, was the major player in the writing and ratification of the Constitution and laid the foundation for the new government under that constitution. A strong supporter of a strong national government and advisor to President Washington, he transitioned to a Jeffersonian Republican as Hamilton’s ideas gained ascendance in the Washington presidency. Madison is more one-dimensional than other founders, but no less important as a “founding father.” The class will provide an understanding of the politics and peril of America’s early years. This course will be held online via Zoom. A link will be emailed to the class.