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

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dc.contributor.author Fritz, Christian G.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-11T19:06:14Z
dc.date.available 2008-03-11T19:06:14Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation American Sovereigns: The People and America’s Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2008). en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9780521881883
dc.identifier.issn 0521881889
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/3666
dc.description 427 p. Previously published by Cambridge University Press. en
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.format.extent 285628 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_US
dc.subject American Constitutionalism en_US
dc.subject Constituent Power en_US
dc.subject Popular Sovereignty en_US
dc.subject Sovereignty of the People en_US
dc.subject Constitution-Making en_US
dc.subject Consent of the Governed en_US
dc.subject Constitutional Tradition en_US
dc.subject Constitutional Revision en_US
dc.subject People’s Sovereignty en_US
dc.subject Will of the People en_US
dc.subject Right of Revolution en_US
dc.subject Rule of Law en_US
dc.title American Sovereigns: The People and America’s Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US


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