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By Stephen M. Griffin

This booklet is a brilliantly concise survey of latest constitutional research. Professor Griffin outlines a number of the camps of constitutional idea with impressive readability and intensely cautious quotation. despite the intensity of notion or trouble of the subject material, Professor Griffin lays out the positions of either side during this distinctive and novel ebook. This publication should still locate its approach at the cabinets of any legal professional, historian, pupil or political scientist attracted to the united states structure. This e-book combines unique scholarship with an obtainable writing kind. a real excitement.

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11–13; Wood, Creation of the American Republic, pp. 596–600. 37 A common distinction made in discussions of the concept of sovereignty is that between internal and external sovereignty. Internal sovereignty is the kind we are concerned with here, that is, the sovereignty that obtains within the territory of a given state. External sovereignty refers to the relationships between sovereign states. The discussion that follows does not apply to external sovereignty. For this distinction, see Charles R.

Kelly, Winfred A. Harbison, and Herman Belz, The American Constitution: Its Origins and Development, 6th ed. (New York: W. W. Norton, 1983), pp. 123–27. 32 CHAPTER ONE how strictly the list of powers granted to Congress should be read. The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 posed the broader issue of the nature of American federalism. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 is a good example of early constitutional change. President Jefferson thought at first it was clear that an amendment was required because the Constitution said nothing about the power of the United States to acquire new territory.

90 See Leonard D. White, The Federalists (New York: Macmillan, 1948), p. 466; Leonard D. White, The Jacksonians (Chicago: Free Press, 1954), pp. 4–5. AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONALISM 35 brunt of the adaptation in government policy that was required by the developing American economy. 91 Many state constitutions acquired articles regulating corporations, labor unions, and systems of higher education—topics unknown to the federal Constitution. Another important force behind frequent constitutional change was popular distrust of state legislatures.

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