The Father of His Country vs. The Father of the Constitution
The ideological differences between the founders are usually represented by Hamilton and Jefferson, but their story doesn’t have the same personal drama that comes with George Washington and James Madison. Washington and Madison were not just political partners but true friends—until they weren’t.
In this episode we look at the rise and fall of Washington and Madison’s friendship, from their partnership to create the Constitution to their bitter breakup amidst the birth of America’s two-party system. Of all the rifts, rivalries, betrayals that shaped the nation, this one might be the most personal, because those two have history.