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James Madison and Montpelier

This course will examine James Madison through the lens of his Montpelier plantation. It will consider the three generations of Madisons who called Montpelier home, the evolution of the house and plantation, Madison's critical contributions to our nation's creation, and the contradiction of the institution of slavery in an American republic based on personal liberty. We will also introduce the activities of Montpelier's Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. Note: The last class meeting will take place at Montpelier.

Instructor Bio:

The course will be team taught by six members of Montpelier's professional staff, including educators, curators, and an archaeologist.

Recommended Reading:

Stewart, David O. Madisons Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America, 2015. Catherine, Allgor. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation, 2007. Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling. A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons, 2013.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A111 Emily Voss Feb 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9 Mo 3:30-5:00 p.m. Alumni Hall (UVA) A

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