James Madison on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

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Accountability, 183-85; and the Constitution, xiv-xv, 76, 83-88; of Representatives, 63-64; of Senators, 65-66; See also President.
Adams, John, theories of opposed, 33, 109-10, 183-84
American Revolution. See Revolution
Aristocracy, 21-23, 26, 43, 67, 87, 118; defined, 120
Articles of Confederation: compared with the Constitution, 200-01; defects of, 7-13, 55; See also Senate
Attainder, Bills of, defined and discussed, 164-65
Autonomy, tendency of governments toward, xiv-xvi, 78-79, 83, 98, 110, 184-85
Bill of Rights, xiii; absence from Constitution, 131-35; absolute exemptions from power, 137, 140-42, 164-66, 168; debated, 134-37; demanded, 132-33; limitations of, 135-37; and natural rights, 138, 147-49; object of, 136, 137-39,163; proposed, 137-140; proposed form of, 139-40
British Constitution. See Great Britain, government and constitution of
Burke, Edmund, on framing a constitution, 201
Checks and balances. See Separation of Powers
Church and state. See Separation of Religion and Government
Class conflict, 117-21, 165, 200
Common law, English, relative to U.S. Constitution, 166-76
Confederations: imitation of rejected xiii-xiv, xvi, 119; weaknesses ancient and modern, 9-10, 66
Conflicts, regional, 8-9, 18-19, 24-25, 200
Congress, powers of limited by its form, 25, 27-28, 193-94; See also House of Representatives; Senate
Consent, as the basis of just government, 3, 74, 102, 172, 181-82
Constitution of the United States: amendment of, 74 92, 137-38, 163; changing interpretations of, 27-28, 185; compared with Articles of Confederation, 200-01; English Common law and, 169-74; equilibruim of, 21, 26, 79; foreign sources rejected, 98-99, 169-70; fragility of, 197-98, 200-01; imperfect, 199; maintained by public opinion, 56, 74, 92, 96-97; 180, 184; masked changes of 50, 96-98, 110, 126; movement to reform, 7-15; ratification of, 1,


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