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The 1803 purchase of the Louisiana Territory was a watershed event for the fledgling United States. Adding some 829,000 square miles of territory, the Louisiana Purchase set a striking precedent of Presidential power and brought to the surface profound legal and constitutional questions. As the nation continued to expand westward and into the Pacific and Caribbean, critical social, political and constitutional questions arose that greatly tested American resolve and reshaped the nation's founding premises.
In this exciting collection, Sanford Levinson and Bartholomew Sparrow bring together noted scholars in American history, constitutional law, and political science to examine role that the Louisiana Purchase played in shaping both the expansionist policies of the nineteenth century and critical interpretations of the Constitution. The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion, 1803–1898 provides a fascinating overview of how the U.S. Constitution and the American political system is inextricably tied to the Louisiana Purchase and the territorial expansion of the United States.
Chapter 1: The First "Incorporation" Debate
Chapter 2: "The Strongest Government on Earth": Jefferson's Republicanism, the Expansion of the Union, and the New Nation's Destiny
Chapter 3: The Louisiana Purchase and the Coming of the Civil War
Chapter 4: Settling the West: The Annexation of Texas, the Louisiana Purchase, and Bush v. Gore
Chapter 5: Texas
Chapter 6: The Golden Death of Jefferson's Dream: California and the Sectional Crisis
Chapter 7: A Promise of Expansion
Chapter 8: Puerto Rico's Political Status: The Long-Term Effects of American Expansionist Discourse
Chapter 9: The Constitution and Deconstitution of the United States
Chapter 10: Modes of Rule in America's Overseas Empire: The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Samoa
Chapter 11: Empires External and Internal: Territories, Government Lands, and Federalism in the United States