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March 22, 2011

at Montpelier

Montpelier, VA--I am getting ready to sleep on the property of Montpelier, James Madison's house. His Georgian/Federalist mansion is at the top of the nearby hill, overlooking horse fields and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Past his Greek temple "folly" and through some old-growth woods, you get to the guest house where I am staying. Tomorrow, colleagues and I will be discussing civic education in the very place where the Constitution was conceived--and about 100 field and household slaves labored to support the man who wrote it. On this spring night early in the 21st century, all is quiet.

March 22, 2011 9:33 PM | category: none



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