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American Sovereigns: The People and America’s Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War

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Title: American Sovereigns: The People and America’s Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War
Author: Fritz, Christian G.
Subject: American Constitutionalism
Constituent Power
Popular Sovereignty
Sovereignty of the People
Constitution-Making
Consent of the Governed
Constitutional Tradition
Constitutional Revision
People’s Sovereignty
Will of the People
Right of Revolution
Rule of Law
Abstract: American Sovereigns: The People and America’s Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War challenges traditional American constitutional history, theory, and jurisprudence that sees today’s constitutionalism as linked by an unbroken chain to the 1787 federal constitutional convention. American Sovereigns examines the idea that after the American Revolution, a collectivity – the people – would rule as the sovereign. Heated political controversies within the states and at the national level over what it meant that the people were the sovereign and how that collective sovereign could express its will were not resolved in 1776, in 1787, or prior to the Civil War. The idea of the people as the sovereign both unified and divided Americans in thinking about government and the basis of the Union. Today’s constitutionalism is not a natural inheritance, but the product of choices Americans made between shifting understandings about themselves as a collective sovereign.
Date: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: American Sovereigns: The People and America’s Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Description: 427 p. Previously published by Cambridge University Press.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/3666
ISBN: 9780521881883
ISSN: 0521881889


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