The Webster-Hayne Debate: An Inquiry into the Nature of Union

The Webster-Hayne Debate: An Inquiry into the Nature of Union

by Stefan M. Brooks

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The Webster-Hayne Debate: An Inquiry into the Nature of Union by Stefan M. Brooks

In January 1830, a debate on the nature of sovereignty in the American federal union occurred in the United States Senate between Senators Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and Robert Hayne of South Carolina. This debate exposed the critically different understandings of the nature of the American union that, by 1830, had developed between the North and the South and would ultimately lead to civil war in 1861. Stefan Brooks examines the twin theories of union espoused by both senators against Madison's understanding of sovereignty in the Constitution, concluding that the Webster-Hayne Debate reveals the failure of Madison's characterization of the Constitution as a "partly federal, partly national" union and the futility of dividing sovereignty between the United States government and the states. This division of sovereignty represents a defect of the Constitution, an understanding of which helps to explain the collapse of the union into civil war in 1861.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761843047
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 12/08/2008
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Stefan Brooks is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lindsey Wilson College. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 2006. He has published many articles on American politics, foreign policy, world politics and Middle Eastern politics for ABC-CLIO.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Chapter One:The Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution Chapter 2 Chapter Two:The Webster-Hayne Debate Chapter 3 Chapter Three:The Nature of Sovereignty in the Union: Popular Sovereignty Contrasted with State Sovereignty Chapter 4 Chapter Four: Madison and the Legacy of Union

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