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James Madison: Father of the Constitution
The Carl Menges Series in American History
Richard Brookhiser
Wed, December 16th, 2015 | 6:30 pm
(Members $24)

Note: This event is sold out



When the Constitution was being drafted, James Madison—a congressman, intellectual, and politician extraordinaire—was initially skeptical that a “Bill of Rights” was necessary. But by 1789, after being lobbied by his dearest friend Thomas Jefferson, Madison was determined to include it. Celebrated historian Richard Brookhiser recounts the “Father of the Constitution’s” evolution and how, after a hot summer of arguing and bargaining, he persuaded Congress to agree.

Richard Brookhiser is the author of James Madison and eight other books on the founders and their legacy. He was awarded the National Medal of the Humanities in 2008.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line the evening of the program. One hour before the program begins, we will begin handing out standby numbers with members receiving priority. Shortly before the program begins, we would begin selling tickets if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. No exchanges are permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


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