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Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a Member

James Madison, best known as the father of the Constitution, was also the most thorough and thoughtful scribe of what one person called in 1839 the “political bible” of the American people – the report of the proceedings and discussions at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Through careful research, Professor Gordon Lloyd has recreated an edition of that report that most closely resembles the version Madison intended to leave behind for “all who take an interest in the progress of political science and the course of true liberty.” In addition to reaffirming Madison’s profound contributions to constitutionalism, Professor Lloyd’s edition restores Madison to his rightful place as the most trustworthy chronicler of the Constitutional Convention.

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Dr. Gordon Lloyd is the Author and Editor of a series of Online Exhibits on the American Founding hosted by the Ashbrook Center’s website, TeachingAmericanHistory.org. These Online Exhibits focus on the Constitutional Convention, the Federalist-Antifederalist Debate, the Ratification of the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Drawing from his fifty years of scholarship and teaching, Dr. Lloyd has compiled within these Online Exhibits a wide range of primary and secondary sources from the American Founding. In addition, he has created or overseen the development of resources designed to help introduce interested teachers, students, or citizens to the American Founding, or to support scholars in their research and teaching about these topics.

Dr. Lloyd is Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University.  Professor Lloyd earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science at McGill University. He completed all coursework toward a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago before receiving his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in government at Claremont Graduate School. The coauthor of three books on the American founding and sole author of a book on the political economy of the New Deal, he also has numerous articles, reviews, and opinion-editorials to his credit. His latest coauthored books are The Two Narratives of Political Economy (2010) and The New Deal and Modern American Conservatism: A Defining Rivalry (2013). He has received many teaching, scholarly, and leadership awards including admission to Phi Beta Kappa and the Howard White Award for Teaching Excellence at Pepperdine University. He currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center through the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

 

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