The Constitution in Congress (Paperback)David P. Currie (author)
Paperback 368 Pages
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.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 595 g
Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 2 mm
"David P. Currie's discussion is meticulous and informative. It is difficult to believe that he leaves unaddressed anything that would shed light on American constitutional development." (Journal of Interdisciplinary History) "The Constitution in Congress: Democrats and Whigs is a first-rate descriptive account of constitutional debates during the middle part of the nineteenth century." (Law and Politics Book Review) "Historians will benefit from this legal scholar's lively perspective on antebellum constitutional controversies. This volume is a treasure trove of insights on fundamental questions of national development as well as minor issues that often mean much to the people and the states." (Historian)"
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