The Constitution in Congress: Democrats and Whigs, 1829-1861
The Constitution in Congress series has been called nothing less than a biography of the US Constitution for its in-depth examination of the role that the legislative and executive branches have played in the development of constitutional interpretation. This third volume in the series, the early installments of which dealt with the Federalist and Jeffersonian eras, continues this examination with the Jacksonian revolution of 1829 and subsequent efforts by Democrats to dismantle Henry Clay’s celebrated “American System” of nationalist economics. David P. Currie covers the political events of the period leading up to the start of the Civil War, showing how the slavery question, although seldom overtly discussed in the debates included in this volume, underlies the Southern insistence on strict interpretation of federal powers.
Like its predecessors, The Constitution in Congress: Democrats and Whigs will be an invaluable reference for legal scholars and constitutional historians alike.
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INTRODUCTION TO PART ONE
THE PUBLIC LANDS
THE BANK WAR
The Kitchen Sink
ENUMERATED AND LIMITED POWERS
JUDGING CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS
OTHER ELECTION ISSUES
APPENDIX A DRAMATIS PERSONAE
APPENDIX B PRINCIPAL OFFICERS 12891861
APPENDIX C THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
ALL ABOUT JUDGES
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