Constitutional Studies Continues With M.E. Bradford
In my reserach for the sequel to the Fame of Our Fathers - "The Spirit of '76" I have read lots of stuff about the Constitution and the Ratification debates. M.E. Bradford's Book of essays contained in "Original Intentions" are some of the best- modern day defenses - of states rights and the fact that the Constitution was specifically designed to LIMIT the power of the government.
If you want to have a better understanding of this and thus the Constitution, read this book.
Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution
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Was Secession A Constitutional Right? 1868 Book Concluded It Was. "It was in 1833, for the frst time in the history of the country, that it was solemnly asserted and argued, that the Constitution of the 'United States was not a compact between the States. This new doctrine simultaneously put forth, by Mr. Justice Story in his "Commentaries on the Constitution of the 'United States," and by Mr. Daniel Webster in "the greatest intellectual effort of his life," that is, in his great speech in the Senate of the I6th of February, 1833. In order to show that the Constitution is not a compact between the States, the position is assumed, that it is not a compact at all. If it be a compact, say they, then the States had a right to secede. But it is not a compact; and hence secession is treason and rebellion. The great fundamental questions, then, on which the whole controversy hinges are, first, Is the Constitution a compact? and, secondly, Is it a compact between the States?" - Albert Bledsoe, Was Secession A Constitutional Right (1868)