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Can a home-educated child rise to become the leader of a nation? James Madison did! Join Mike Smith on today’s Home School Heartbeat for a glimpse of the impact Madison’s life had on the founding of our country.
After the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay asked Madison to help them persuade the state of New York to ratify the Constitution. Without New York’s support, the new nation would be fatally divided.
Madison authored 29 of the 85 Federalist Papers with Hamilton and Jay.
The Federalist Papers were published as newspaper editorials. These articles were crucial in convincing the populace and leaders of the state of New York to ratify the Constitution.
Thankfully, New York ratified the Constitution by one vote.
Without Madison’s intellectual skills, it is doubtful the Constitution would have become the supreme law of the land. Instead, the new nation would have floundered under the Articles of Confederation.
Madison went on to become America’s fourth president, serving from 1809 to 1817. He led the country through its most perilous time since the Revolutionary Warthe War of 1812. British troops seized Washington, D.C., and burned the White House and Capitol building.
But America survived and James Madison can be credited with guiding the nation through this dark hour.
And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.