History Buzz February 2, 2012: Kevin Gutzman: Western Connecticut State University Professor’s New Book on James Madison “James Madison and the Making of America”

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A Book on James Madison by Dr. Kevin Gutzman

 Source: Litchfield County Times, 2-2-12

Dr. Kevin Gutzman in his office at Western Connecticut State University.

James Madison, fourth president of the United States, would probably have a hard time being elected today.

“They did not select leaders in the 18th century as we do today,” said Dr. Kevin Gutzman, professor of history at Western Connecticut State University and a New York Times bestselling author who has just written his fourth book, “James Madison and the Making of America.”

“They were a far different type,” he continued, “far more intelligent than what we are used to. Benjamin Franklin was a great statesman, but he was also authentically one of great scientists of his day. Alex Hamilton was one of the great financiers. In its 1976 Bicentennial edition, the American Academy of Architects called the University of Virginia, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson, the greatest achievement of American architecture in the past 200 years. These were a type of people who wouldn’t be elected today.”

Dr. Gutzman described the biography as a work that gradually took shape over nearly two decades, beginning during the author’s graduate studies at the University of Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D. in history in 1999….READ MORE

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