James Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution. But that doesn’t mean the U.S. Constitution is the document Madison would have created if he had acted on his own.

Nor does it mean Madison had a single fixed view of the Constitution during the decades that he worked as a congressman, party leader, secretary of state, president, and political elder statesman. Barton College history professor and Madison biographer Jeff Broadwater emphasized those points during a presentation today to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society.

In the video clip below, Broadwater discusses Madison’s change of mind on key constitutional issues.

2:30 p.m. update: Click play below to watch the full 46:38 event.

You’ll find other John Locke Foundation video presentations here.