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Digital Collections Website offers papers of Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1757-1804), first treasury secretary of the United States. The Collection consists of his personal and public correspondence, drafts of his writings and speeches, which includes events in the lives of his family and legal papers from 1777 until Hamilton's death in 1804.
Law Library (Crown)
xviii, 371 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction: Enlightened empire?
  • Britain's controversial empire
  • Taxing America
  • The Seven Years' War and the politics of empire
  • The rise and fall of the Stamp Act
  • Britain's authoritarian ascendancy
  • Sons of liberty, sons of licentiousness
  • English blood by English hands
  • Conclusion: Republican empire.
A bold transatlantic history of American independence revealing that 1776 was about far more than taxation without representationRevolution Against Empire sets the story of American independence within a long and fierce clash over the political and economic future of the British Empire. Justin du Rivage traces this decades-long debate, which pitted neighbors and countrymen against one another, from the War of Austrian Succession to the end of the American Revolution. As people from Boston to Bengal grappled with the growing burdens of imperial rivalry and fantastically expensive warfare, some argued that austerity and new colonial revenue were urgently needed to rescue Britain from unsustainable taxes and debts. Others insisted that Britain ought to treat its colonies as relative equals and promote their prosperity. Drawing from archival research in the United States, Britain, and France, this book shows how disputes over taxation, public debt, and inequality sparked the American Revolution-and reshaped the British Empire.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300214246 20170807
Law Library (Crown)
xiv, 559 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Tory-hunting
  • Britain's dilemma
  • Rubicon
  • Plundering protectors
  • Violated bodies
  • Slaughterhouses
  • Black holes
  • Skiver them!
  • Town-destroyer
  • Americanizing the war
  • Man for man
  • Returning losers.
"The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It's a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this ... account of America's founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war--one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand"-- Amazon.com.
Law Library (Crown)
xii, 152 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Preface
  • Introduction : of Hamilton and a brewhouse
  • The first American civil war
  • Laws and lawyers for a revolutionary republic
  • Rutgers v. Waddington in the mayor's court
  • "A cause of national significance"
  • The many legacies of Rutgers
  • Epilogue: Rutgers v. Waddington and the second civil war
  • Chronology
  • Bibliographical essay.
Once the dust of the Revolution settled, the problem of reconciling the erstwhile warring factions arose, and as is often the case in the aftermath of violent revolutions, the matter made its way intothe legal arena. Rutgers v. Waddington was such a case. Through this little-known but remarkable dispute over back rent for aburned-down brewery, Peter Charles Hoffer recounts a tale of political and constitutional intrigue involving some of the most important actors in America's transition from a confederation of states under the Articles of Confederation to a national republic under the US Constitution. At the end of the Revolution, the widow Rutgers and her sons returned to the brewery they'd abandoned when the British had occupied New York. They demanded rent from Waddington, the loyalist who hadrented the facility under the British occupation.Under a punitive New York state law, the loyalist Waddington was liable. But the peace treaty's provisions protecting loyalists'property rights said otherwise. Appearing for the defendants was war veteran, future Federalist, and first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton. And, as always, lurking in the background was the estimable Aaron Burr. As Hoffer details Hamilton's arguments for the supremacy of treaty law over state law, the significance of Rutgers v. Waddington in the development of a strongcentral government emerges clearly-as does the role of the courts in bridging the young nation's divisions in the Revolution'swake. Rutgers v. Waddington illustrates a foundational moment in American history. As such, it is an encapsulation of a societyriven by war, buffeted by revolutionary change attempting to piece together the true meaning of, in John Adams's formulation, "rule by law, and not by men.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780700622054 20160619
Law Library (Crown)
274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been 30 years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him. The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000. Lafayette's arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history. Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed. But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted the country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past.
Law Library (Crown)
viii, 420 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., col. map ; 24 cm.
  • The King of America
  • The not-so-United States
  • Not as happy in peace as they had been glorious in war
  • The shadow government
  • The phoenix
  • Wield the sword
  • The Washington paradigm
  • Cruel and usual punishment
  • The currents of war
  • Best circumspection
  • The realities of war
  • Necessary evil
  • Fully justifiable
  • What it takes to defend the nation
  • Dictator of America
  • Scorpion on a leash
  • Between a hawk and a buzzard
  • Onslaught
  • The times that try men's souls
  • Reevaluation
  • Victory or death
  • Idolatry
  • Dictator perpetuo
  • Tribunals & tribulations
  • Prosecution of military duty
  • A traitor lurks
  • Treason of the blackest dye
  • Courts-martial & commissions
  • American military justice
  • His excellency's loyal subjects
  • Total ruin
  • Band of brethren
  • Poison & peas
  • America's defender
  • License to plunder
  • Not-so-civil civil war
  • Could have been king
  • Consummate prudence
  • Winning the peace
  • Spectacles and speculation
  • Greatest man in the world.
Blood of Tyrants reveals the surprising details of our Founding Fathers' approach to government and this history's impact on today. Delving into the forgotten--and often lurid--facts of the Revolutionary War, Logan Beirne focuses on the nation's first commander in chief, George Washington, as he shaped the very meaning of the United States Constitution in the heat of battle. Key episodes illustrate how the Founders dealt with thorny wartime issues: Who decides war strategy? When should we use military tribunals over civilian trials? Should we inflict harsh treatment on enemy captives if it means saving American lives? How do we protect citizens' rights when the nation is struggling to defend itself? Beirne finds evidence in previously-unexplored documents such as General Washington's letters debating torture, an eyewitness account of the military tribunal that executed a British prisoner, Founders' letters warning against government debt, and communications pointing to a power struggle between Washington and the Continental Congress. Vivid stories from the Revolution frame Washington's pivotal role in the drafting of the Constitution. The Founders saw the first American commander in chief as the template for all future presidents: a leader who would fiercely defend Americans' rights and liberties against all forms of aggression. Blood of Tyrants pulls the reader directly into the scenes, filling the void in our understanding of the presidency and our ingenious Founders' pragmatic approach to issues we still face today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781594036408 20160611
Law Library (Crown)
301 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: A nation among nations
  • On the margins of Europe
  • The law of slavery
  • Pax Britannica
  • Independence
  • A slaveholding republic
  • The new world and the old
  • Epilogue: Mr. Monroe's peace.
For most Americans, the Revolution's main achievement is summed up by the phrase "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Yet far from a straightforward attempt to be free of Old World laws and customs, the American founding was also a bid for inclusion in the community of nations as it existed in 1776. America aspired to diplomatic recognition under international law and the authority to become a colonizing power itself. As Eliga Gould shows in this reappraisal of American history, the Revolution was an international transformation of the first importance. To conform to the public law of Europe's imperial powers, Americans crafted a union nearly as centralized as the one they had overthrown, endured taxes heavier than any they had faced as British colonists, and remained entangled with European Atlantic empires long after the Revolution ended. No factor weighed more heavily on Americans than the legally plural Atlantic where they hoped to build their empire. Gould follows the region's transfiguration from a fluid periphery with its own rules and norms to a place where people of all descriptions were expected to abide by the laws of Western Europe - "civilized" laws that precluded neither slavery nor the dispossession of Native Americans.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674046085 20160607
Law Library (Crown)
viii, 485 p. : ill ; 25 cm.
  • Alexander Hamilton, 1757-1804
  • Albert Gallatin, 1761-1849
  • The legacies.
In 1776 the United States government started out on a shoestring and quickly went bankrupt fighting its War of Independence against Britain. At the war's end, the national government owed tremendous sums to foreign creditors and its own citizens. But lacking the power to tax, it had no means to repay them. The Founders and Finance is the first book to tell the story of how foreign-born financial specialists--immigrants--solved the fiscal crisis and set the United States on a path to long-term economic success. Pulitzer Prize--winning author Thomas K. McCraw analyzes the skills and worldliness of Alexander Hamilton (from the Danish Virgin Islands), Albert Gallatin (from the Republic of Geneva), and other immigrant founders who guided the nation to prosperity. Their expertise with liquid capital far exceeded that of native-born plantation owners Washington, Jefferson, and Madison, who well understood the management of land and slaves but had only a vague knowledge of financial instruments--currencies, stocks, and bonds. The very rootlessness of America's immigrant leaders gave them a better understanding of money, credit, and banks, and the way each could be made to serve the public good. The remarkable financial innovations designed by Hamilton, Gallatin, and other immigrants enabled the United States to control its debts, to pay for the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, and--barely--to fight the War of 1812, which preserved the nation's hard-won independence from Britain.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674066922 20160608
Law Library (Crown)
xv, 384 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 27 cm.
"This is 'you are there' history at its best...[Reporting the Revolutionary War] lets us see and feel how events unfolded for the people who lived them."--American History For the colonists of the new world, the years of the American Revolution were a time of upheaval and rebellion. History boils it down to a few key events and has embodied it with a handful of legendary personalities. But the reality of the time was that everyday people witnessed thousands of little moments blaze into an epic conflict-for more than twenty years. Now, for the first time, experience the sparks of revolution the way the colonists did--in their very own town newspapers and broadsheets. Reporting the Revolutionary War is a stunning collection of primary sources, sprinkled with modern analysis from 37 historians. Featuring Patriot and Loyalist eyewitness accounts from newspapers printed on both sides of the Atlantic, readers will experience the revolution as it happened with the same immediacy and uncertainty of the colonists. The American newspapers of the eighteenth century fanned the flames of rebellion, igniting the ideas of patriotism and liberty among average citizens who had never before been so strongly united. Within the papers, you'll also read the private correspondence and battlefield letters of the rebels and patriots who grabbed the attention of each and every colonist and pushed them to fight for freedom and change. From one of America's leading Revolutionary War newspaper archivists, Todd Andrlik, and guided by scores of historians and experts, Reporting the Revolutionary War brings you into the homes of Americans and lets you see through their eyes the tinderbox of war as it explodes. "The story of the battle for independence unlike any version that has been told." --Military Review.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781402269677 20160615
Law Library (Crown)
xii, 378 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction: To "stamp the Character of the People" -- Part I: A "steady, manly, uniform, and persevering opposition" -- Chapter 1: The Republicans' New Clothes -- Chapter 2: The Continental Congress Unmanned -- Part II: The Outcome Is in Doubt -- Chapter 3: "[A]n Impression upon the Mind" -- Chapter 4: The Pride and Pomp of War -- Part III: E Pluribus Unum -- Chapter 5: "The spirits of the whigs must be kept up" -- Chapter 6: "[U]ncommon and Extraordinary Movements" -- Part IV: "The Symbol of supreme Power & Authority" -- Chapter 7: "[T]he most amiable Garbs of publick Virtue" -- Chapter 8: Naked and Unadorned -- Conclusion: "[T]he Sign of the Thirteen Starrs" -- Abbreviations.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199731992 20160603
After the Continental Congress declared independence in 1776, thereby severing political relations with Great Britain, it began to fashion new objects and ceremonies of state with which to proclaim the sovereignty of the infant republic. Congress, for example, created an emblematic great seal, celebrated anniversaries of U.S. independence, and implemented robust diplomatic protocols for the reception of foreign ministers. Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty examines the material artifacts, festivities, and rituals by which Congress endeavored not only to assert its political legitimacy and to bolster the war effort, but ultimately to glorify the United States and to win the allegiance of the American people. Congress, however, could not simply impose its creations upon a quiescent public. In fact, as Benjamin H. Irvin demonstrates, the "people out of doors"-including the working poor who rallied in the streets of Philadelphia as well as women, loyalists, Native Americans and other persons not represented in Congress-vigorously contested the trappings of nationhood into which Congress had enfolded them.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199731992 20160603
Law Library (Crown)
xxiv, 198 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Prologue: inheritance-- 1. Empire negotiated, 1689-1763-- 2. Empire confronted, 1764-6-- 3. Empire reconsidered, 1767-73-- 4. Empire shattered, 1774-6-- Epilogue: legacy.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521132305 20160604
Using the British Empire as a case study, this succinct study argues that the establishment of overseas settlements in America created a problem of constitutional organization. The failure to resolve the resulting tensions led to the thirteen continental colonies seceding from the empire in 1776. Challenging those historians who have assumed that the British had the law on their side during the debates that led to the American Revolution, this volume argues that the empire had long exhibited a high degree of constitutional multiplicity, with each colony having its own discrete constitution. Contending that these constitutions cannot be conflated with the metropolitan British constitution, it argues that British refusal to accept the legitimacy of colonial understandings of the sanctity of the many colonial constitutions and the imperial constitution was the critical element leading to the American Revolution.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521132305 20160604
Law Library (Crown)
xvi, 329 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Early life
  • On the rise in London
  • Initiation in covert activity
  • First steps
  • Our man in Paris
  • The Franco-American alliance
  • Gauging Bancroft's role
  • In for the long haul, 1778-1783
  • Arthur Lee : spy catcher? Benjamin Franklin : traitor? Edward Bancroft : murderer?
  • In America, 1783-1784
  • Return to normalcy.
A man of as many names as motives, Edward Bancroft is a singular figure in the history of Revolutionary America. Born in Massachusetts in 1745, Bancroft moved to England as a young man in the 1760s and began building a respectable resume as both a scientist and a man of letters. In recognition of his works in natural history, Bancroft was unanimously elected to the Royal Society, and while working to secure French aid for the American Revolution, he became a close associate of such luminaries as Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and John Adams. Though lauded in his time as a staunch American patriot, when the British diplomatic archives were opened in the late nineteenth century, it was revealed that Bancroft led a secret life as a British agent acting against French and American interests. In this book, the first complete biography of Bancroft, historian Thomas Schaeper reveals the full extent of the agent's deception during the crucial years of the American Revolution. Operating under aliases, working in ciphers, and leaving coded messages in the trees of Paris' Tuileries Gardens, Bancroft filtered information from unsuspecting figures including Franklin and Deane back to his contacts in Britain, navigating a complicated web of political allegiances. Through Schaeper's keen analysis of Bancroft's correspondence and diplomatic records, this biography reveals whether Bancroft should ultimately be considered a traitor to America or a patriot to Britain.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300118421 20160602
Law Library (Crown)
452 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
  • "To begin the world over again" / Alfred F. Young, Ray Raphael, and Gary B. Nash
  • Ebenezer Mackintosh : Boston's Captain General of the Liberty Tree / Alfred F. Young
  • Blacksmith Timothy Bigelow and the Massachusetts revolution of 1774 / Ray Raphael
  • Samuel Thompson's war : the career of an American insurgent / T.H. Breen
  • Philadelphia's radical caucus that propelled Pennsylvania to independence and democracy / Gary B. Nash
  • A world of Paine / Jill Lepore
  • Phillis Wheatley : the poet who challenged the American revolutionaries / David Waldstreicher
  • "Adventures, dangers and sufferings" : the betrayals of Private Joseph Plumb Martin, Continental soldier / Philip Mead
  • "The spirit of levelling" : James Cleveland, Edward Wright, and the militiamen's struggle for equality in revolutionary Virginia / Michael A. McDonnell
  • Mary Perth, Harry Washington, and Moses Wilkinson : Black Methodists who escaped from slavery and founded a nation / Cassandra Pybus
  • James Ireland, John Leland, John "Swearing Jack" Waller, and the Baptist campaign for religious freedom in revolutionary Virginia / Jon Butler
  • Declaring independence and rebuilding a nation : Dragging Canoe and the Chickamauga revolution / Colin G. Galloway
  • Forgotten heroes of the Revolution : Han Yerry and Tyona Doxtader of the Oneida Indian Nation / James Kirby Martin
  • "Satan, Smith, Shattuck, and Shays" : the people's leaders in the Massachusetts regulation of 1786 / Gregory Nobles
  • William Findley, David Bradford, and the Pennsylvania regulation of 1794 / Terry Bouton
  • The new Jerusalem : Herman Husband's egalitarian alternative to the United States Constitution / Wythe Holt
  • The battle against patriarchy that Abigail Adams won / Woody Holton
  • America's Mary Wollstonecraft : Judith Sargent Murray's case for the equal rights of women / Sheila Skemp
  • Prince Hall, Richard Allen, and Daniel Coker : revolutionary Black founders, revolutionary Black communities / Richard S. Newman
  • Richard and Judith Randolph, St. George Tucker, George Wythe, Syphax Brown, and Hercules White : racial equality and the snares of prejudice / Melvin Patrick Ely
  • "Every man should have property" : Robert Coram and the American Revolution's legacy of economic populism / Seth Cotlar
  • Thomas Greenleaf : printers and the struggle for democratic politics and freedom of the press / Jeffrey L. Pasley
  • The plough-jogger : Jedediah Peck and the democratic revolution / Alan Taylor
  • Afterword / Eric Foner.
Explores the founding fathers' more radical contemporaries, who advocated for true liberty for all at the United States' inception, including the abolition of slavery and equality despite race, class, or gender.
Law Library (Crown)
xvi, 617 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Prologue. Beginning: 'as much freedome in reason as may be'-- Part I. Manning, Planting, Keeping: 1. Manning: 'setteynge many on worke'-- 2. Planting: 'directed and conducted thither'-- 3. Keeping (i): discourses of intrusion-- 4. Keeping (ii): English desires, designs-- Part II. Poly-Olbion, or the Inside Narrative: 5. Packing: new inhabitants-- 6. Unpacking: received wisdoms-- 7. Changing: localities, legalities-- Part III. 'What, Then, is the American, This New Man?': 8. Modernizing: polity, economy, patriarchy-- 9. Enslaving: facies hippocratica-- 10. Ending: 'strange order of things!'.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521761390 20160604
Freedom Bound is about the origins of modern America - a history of colonizing, work and civic identity from the beginnings of English presence on the mainland until the Civil War. It is a history of migrants and migrations, of colonizers and colonized, of households and servitude and slavery, and of the freedom all craved and some found. Above all it is a history of the law that framed the entire process. Freedom Bound tells how colonies were planted in occupied territories, how they were populated with migrants - free and unfree - to do the work of colonizing and how the newcomers secured possession. It tells of the new civic lives that seemed possible in new commonwealths and of the constraints that kept many from enjoying them. It follows the story long past the end of the eighteenth century until the American Civil War, when - just for a moment - it seemed that freedom might finally be unbound.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521761390 20160604
Law Library (Crown)
vi, 298 p. ; 25 cm.
  • "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God" : religion and the American Revolution
  • "No king but Jesus" : the Great Awakening and the first American Revolution
  • "The sacred property of every man" : radical Christians and the struggle for religious liberty in America
  • "The Pope, the Devil, and all their emissaries" : the Bishop Controversy and Quebec Act
  • "Victory over the Beast" : the evangelical roots of revolution
  • "A Christian Sparta" : virtue and the American Revolution
  • "A time of war" : chaplains, virtue, and Providence
  • "God has made of one blood all nations of men" : equality by creation
  • "The bands of wickedness" : slavery and the American Revolution
  • "One God, three gods, no god, or twenty gods" : disestablishing America's state churches
  • "Saving this land" : revivals and the era of American Revolution - -"If men were angels : virtue, freedom, and the Constitution
  • "Jefferson-- and no God!" : the Election of 1800 and the triumph of religious liberty
  • "Freedom sees religion as its companion" : faith and American civil society.
Before the Revolutionary War, America was a nation divided by different faiths. But when the war for independence sparked in 1776, colonists united under the banner of religious freedom. Evangelical frontiersmen and Deist intellectuals set aside their differences to defend a belief they shared, the right to worship freely. Inspiring an unlikely but powerful alliance, it was the idea of religious liberty that brought the colonists together in the battle against British tyranny. In God of Liberty, historian Thomas S. Kidd argues that the improbable partnership of evangelicals and Deists saw America through the Revolutionary War, the ratification of the Constitution, and the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800. A thought-provoking reminder of the crucial role religion played in the Revolutionary era, God of Liberty represents both a timely appeal for spiritual diversity and a groundbreaking excavation of how faith powered the American Revolution.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465002351 20160604
Law Library (Crown)
312 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction : a well-constructed union
  • The federal idea
  • Dividing lawmaking power
  • The debates over sovereignty
  • Forging a federated union
  • The authority of a central government
  • Jurisdiction as the battlefield
  • Epilogue : federalism demystified.
Federalism is regarded as one of the signal American contributions to modern politics. Its origins are typically traced to the drafting of the Constitution, but the story began decades before the delegates met in Philadelphia. In this groundbreaking book, Alison LaCroix traces the history of American federal thought from its colonial beginnings in scattered provincial responses to British assertions of authority, to its emergence in the late eighteenth century as a normative theory of multilayered government. The core of this new federal ideology was a belief that multiple independent levels of government could legitimately exist within a single polity, and that such an arrangement was not a defect but a virtue. This belief became a foundational principle and aspiration of the American political enterprise. LaCroix thus challenges the traditional account of republican ideology as the single dominant framework for eighteenth-century American political thought. Understanding the emerging federal ideology returns constitutional thought to the central place that it occupied for the founders. Federalism was not a necessary adaptation to make an already designed system work; it was the system. Connecting the colonial, revolutionary, founding, and early national periods in one story reveals the fundamental reconfigurations of legal and political power that accompanied the formation of the United States. The emergence of American federalism should be understood as a critical ideological development of the period, and this book is essential reading for everyone interested in the American story.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674048867 20160603
Law Library (Crown)
xiv, 322 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
  • Tongue-tied--
  • Tongue untied
  • The flame is spread
  • We are slaves!
  • To recover our just rights
  • We must fight!
  • "Give me liberty-- "
  • "Don't tread on me"
  • Hastening to ruin
  • Obliged to fly
  • A Belgian hare
  • Seeds of discontent
  • On the wings of the tempest
  • A bane of sedition
  • Beef! beef! beef!
  • The sun has set in all its glory..
In this action-packed history, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger unfolds the epic story of Patrick Henry, who roused Americans to fight government tyrannyboth British and American. Remembered largely for his cry for liberty or death, Henry was actually the first (and most colorful) of Americas Founding Fathersfirst to call Americans to arms against Britain, first to demand a bill of rights, and first to fight the growth of big government after the Revolution. As quick with a rifle as he was with his tongue, Henry was Americas greatest orator and courtroom lawyer, who mixed histrionics and hilarity to provoke tears or laughter from judges and jurors alike. Henrys passion for liberty (as well as his very large family), suggested to many Americans that he, not Washington, was the real father of his country. This biography is history at its best, telling a story both human and philosophical. As Unger points out, Henrys words continue to echo across America and inspire millions to fight government intrusion in their daily lives.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780306818868 20160604
Law Library (Crown)
487 p. ; 24 cm
  • Prologue : the world beyond Worcester
  • Advocates for the cause
  • The revolt of the moderates
  • The character of a general
  • The first constitution makers
  • Vain liberators
  • The diplomats
  • The optimist abroad
  • The greatest lawgiver of modernity
  • The state builder.
Law Library (Crown)
391 p. ; 24 cm.
  • From Empire to Confederation
  • Abolition, slavery reform, and the climate of opinion
  • Property and republican representation
  • Sectional bargaining and moral union
  • From Constitution to Republican empire
  • The Missouri compact and the rule of law
  • Conclusion: Slavery and the dismal fate of Madisonian politics.
After its early introduction into the English colonies in North America, slavery in the United States lasted as a legal institution until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. But increasingly during the contested politics of the early republic, abolitionists cried out that the Constitution itself was a slaveowners' document, produced to protect and further their rights. "A Slaveholders' Union" furthers this unsettling claim by demonstrating once and for all that slavery was indeed an essential part of the foundation of the nascent republic. In this powerful book, George William Van Cleve demonstrates that the Constitution was pro-slavery in its politics, its economics, and its law. He convincingly shows that the Constitutional provisions protecting slavery were much more than mere "political" compromises - they were integral to the principles of the new nation. Deftly interweaving historical and political analyses, "A Slaveholders' Union" will become the definitive explanation of slavery's persistence and growth - and of its influence on American constitutional development - from the Revolutionary War through the Missouri Compromise of 1821.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226846682 20160604
Law Library (Crown)
xi, 283 p. ; 25 cm.
Law Library (Crown)