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Calhoun's most important constitutional and political writings are now available as complete, unabridged texts and in a single volume, many for the first time since the 1850s. These writings address such issues as states' rights and nullification, slavery, the growth of the Federal judicial power, and Calhoun's doctrine of the "concurrent majority."
This selection presents twelve notable speeches, letters, and essays by Calhoun; among them are his famous Fort Hill Address and his two great treatises on government—"A Disquisition on Government" and the "Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States."
Ross M. Lence is Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston.
Foreword xi Editor's Note xxv A Disquisition on Government 3
A Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States 79
Speech on the Resolution of the Committee on Foreign Relations [December 12, 1811] 285
Speech on the Tariff Bill [April 4, 1816] 299
Exposition and Protest [December 19, 1828] 311
The Fort Hill Address: On the Relations of the States and Federal Government [July 26, 1831] 367
Speech on the Revenue Collection [Force] Bill [February 15-16, 1833] 401
Speech on the Reception of Abolition Petitions [February 6, 1837] 461
Public Letter to J[ohn] Bauskett and Others, Edgefield District, S.C. [November 3, 1837] 477
Speech on the Veto Power [February 28, 1842] 485
Speech on the Introduction of His Resolutions on the Slave Question [February 19, 1847] 511
Speech at the Meeting of the Citizens of Charleston [March 9, 1847] 523
Speech on the Oregon Bill [June 27, 1848] 539
Speech on the Admission of California—and the General State of the Union [March 4, 1850] 571 Index 603