Lesson 1: James Madison: Madison Was There

Why is James Madison such an important figure? Why is he known as the "Father of the Constitution"? How involved was James Madison in the most important events in America from 1775 to 1817? The answers to these questions provide context for understanding the importance of James Madison's opinions on constitutional issues. They should also help students appreciate Madison's position as a president embroiled in disputes over the meaning of a document that he helped to create.

Guiding Questions

In what ways was Madison involved in the creation, interpretation, and application of the Constitution?

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to: List reasons why Madison is called the "Father of the Constitution."