March 1996 Issue

Volume 46, 1996

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James Madison-Checks and Balances to Limit Government Power

James Madison didn't originate the idea of checks and balances for limiting government power, but he helped push it farther than anyone else before or since. Previous political thinkers, citing British experience, had talked about checks and balances with a monarch in the mix, but Madison helped apply the principle to a republic. Contrary to such respected thinkers as Baron de Montesquieu, Madison insisted checks and balances could help protect liberty in a large republic.

- March 01, 1996

My Kind of President

When Grover Cleveland was elected mayor of Buffalo in 1881, few people outside of western New York had ever heard of him. A year later, he was elected Governor of the state. Two years after that, in 1884, Americans made him their 22nd president. 

- March 01, 1996

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