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Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish–American Frontier, 1776–1821 , and: The Madisons at Montpelier: Reflections on the Founding Couple (review)

Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish–American Frontier, 1776–1821 , and: The... Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish­ American Frontier, 1776­1821. By J. C. A Stagg. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009. Pp. x, 307. Maps. Cloth, $50.00.) The Madisons at Montpelier: Reflections on the Founding Couple. By Ralph Ketcham. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009. Pp. 200. Illustrations. Cloth, $23.95.) Reviewed by David Pennington Historians have long been interested in James Madison's public service, but this interest has traditionally been confined to his time in Congress and the Constitutional Convention through the time of the diplomatic debacle with England in which he became the only U.S. president to flee the capitol before an invading army. As a result, a complete and accurate appraisal of Madison's accomplishments has remained elusive. J. C. A. Stagg and Ralph Ketcham, two of the most practiced Madison scholars, offer new contributions to the historiography that help complete our understanding of this most revered yet often criticized statesman. Stagg's book, Borderlines in Borderlands, is a determined effort to examine James Madison's diplomacy with Spain and challenge longstanding theories that the president acted in a manner contrary to international law, deploying subversive strategies in West Florida, East Florida, and Texas in order to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish–American Frontier, 1776–1821 , and: The Madisons at Montpelier: Reflections on the Founding Couple (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 30 (3) – Aug 19, 2010

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Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish­ American Frontier, 1776­1821. By J. C. A Stagg. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009. Pp. x, 307. Maps. Cloth, $50.00.) The Madisons at Montpelier: Reflections on the Founding Couple. By Ralph Ketcham. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009. Pp. 200. Illustrations. Cloth, $23.95.) Reviewed by David Pennington Historians have long been interested in James Madison's public service, but this interest has traditionally been confined to his time in Congress and the Constitutional Convention through the time of the diplomatic debacle with England in which he became the only U.S. president to flee the capitol before an invading army. As a result, a complete and accurate appraisal of Madison's accomplishments has remained elusive. J. C. A. Stagg and Ralph Ketcham, two of the most practiced Madison scholars, offer new contributions to the historiography that help complete our understanding of this most revered yet often criticized statesman. Stagg's book, Borderlines in Borderlands, is a determined effort to examine James Madison's diplomacy with Spain and challenge longstanding theories that the president acted in a manner contrary to international law, deploying subversive strategies in West Florida, East Florida, and Texas in order to

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Aug 19, 2010

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