Twenty. James Monroe's Political Thought: The People the Sovereigns

  1. Stuart Leibiger
  1. Arthur Scherr

Published Online: 30 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118281369.ch20

A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe

A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe

How to Cite

Scherr, A. (2012) James Monroe's Political Thought: The People the Sovereigns, in A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe (ed S. Leibiger), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118281369.ch20

Editor Information

  1. La Salle University, USA

Author Information

  1. New York University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655221

Online ISBN: 9781118281369

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Keywords:

  • James Monroe's political thought, The People the Sovereigns;
  • Madison's Federalist essays, immortal places in American political thought;
  • Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence;
  • Monroe's theoretical discourse, bypassing threats to the Union;
  • mixed government and democracy;
  • The People the Sovereigns, “mixed government” and “representative democracy”;
  • 1788 Virginia ratification convention;
  • executive, legislative, and judicial branches;
  • Monroe's reputation for “Jacobinism”;
  • “mixed governments” as inclined to despotism

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Intellectual Sources of Monroe's Work

  • Federalism

  • Monroe: Slavery as a “Modification of Private Property”

  • Mixed Government and Democracy

  • Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches in a Representative Democracy

  • The State of Nature and the Origins of Government

  • The Personal as Political: The Failure of the French Revolution and the Triumph of U.S. Republicanism

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading