The Constitution in Congress: Democrats and Whigs, 1829-1861

The Constitution in Congress: Democrats and Whigs, 1829-1861

by David P. Currie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226129004

ISBN-13: 9780226129006

Pub. Date: 05/01/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


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

Overview


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226129006
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

PREFACE,
ABBREVIATIONS AND SHORTENED TITLES,
Part One: Death of a System,
INTRODUCTION TO PART ONE,
CHAPTER 1: INTERCOURSE,
CHAPTER 2: THE PUBLIC LANDS,
CHAPTER 3: THE BANK WAR,
CHAPTER 4: CUSTOMS,
Part Two: The Kitchen Sink,
CHAPTER 5: ENUMERATED AND LIMITED POWERS,
CHAPTER 6: PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT,
CHAPTER 7: ALL ABOUT JUDGES,
CHAPTER 8: MORE MISCREANTS,
CHAPTER 9: JUDGING CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS,
CHAPTER 10: OTHER ELECTION ISSUES,
CONCLUSION,
APPENDIX A. DRAMATIS PERSONAE,
APPENDIX B. PRINCIPAL OFFICERS, 1829–1861,
APPENDIX C. THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES,
NOTES,
INDEX,

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