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    Dr. Gutzman,

    We always hear about the similarities between Madison and Jefferson, but what are some differences?

    Also, what was his development in terms of getting behind the proposed constitution? Did he dislike it from the beginning?

    Am I correct in saying that he was a federalist in terms of supporting ratification, as opposed to obviously not being a member of the Federalist Party?

    Thank you


    Jefferson first said he couldn’t decide whether the Constitution was more good or bad, but ultimately he decided he supported ratification, followed by amendment. In that sense, he was a Federalist.

    Madison generally was more careful and less adventurous. He had essentially one interest, which was government–particularly constitutionalism. Jefferson, on the other hand, was a highly variegated genius, and prone to fire off an opinion seemingly without thinking to a conclusion. In that sense, Jefferson seems more “French,” Madison more “English.”

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