Book — 1 online resource (xxii, 240 pages) Digital: data file.
Prelude to the Grand Convention
Phladelphia and After
The Nineteenth Century
The Twentieth Century
Congress, the Courts, and the President
The Convention's Proposing Agenda
Conclusion: The Politics of Uncertainty
Convention Applications of Virginia and New York, 1788-1789.
This timely work shows that state drives for a constitutional convention have occurred nearly every twenty years since the Constitution was enacted. The politics of constitutional brinksmanship between Congress and the states is deftly discussed to reveal the ongoing tension between state and federal rights and constitutional tradition and reform. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Book — 1 online resource (xviii, 305 pages) : illustrations
List of illustrations-- Acknowledgements-- List of abbreviations-- Introduction--
1. Slavery's constitution--
2. Freedom's constitution--
3. Facing freedom--
4. Debating freedom--
5. The key note of freedom--
6. The war within a war: emancipation and the election of 1864--
7. A King's cure--
8. The contested legacy of constitutional freedom-- Appendix: votes on antislavery amendment-- Bibliography-- Index.
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This book examines emancipation after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Focusing on the making and meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment, Final Freedom looks at the struggle among legal thinkers, politicians, and ordinary Americans in the North and the border states to find a way to abolish slavery that would overcome the inadequacies of the Emancipation Proclamation. The book tells the dramatic story of the creation of a constitutional amendment and reveals an unprecedented transformation in American race relations, politics, and constitutional thought. Using a wide array of archival and published sources, Professor Vorenberg argues that the crucial consideration of emancipation occurred after, not before, the Emancipation Proclamation; that the debate over final freedom was shaped by a level of volatility in party politics underestimated by prior historians; and that the abolition of slavery by constitutional amendment represented a novel method of reform that transformed attitudes toward the Constitution. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This book reconstructs the fascinating but obscure history of the Eleventh Amendment to the US Constitution, which limits the exercise of US judicial power when American states are sued. Its modern meaning was largely shaped around cases concerning the liability of Southern states to pay their debts during and after Reconstruction: by shielding states from liability, the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Eleventh Amendment eased the establishment of post-Reconstruction Southern society and left a maddeningly complicated law of federal jurisdiction.