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By Stephen M. Griffin

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This booklet is a brilliantly concise survey of latest constitutional research. Professor Griffin outlines many of the camps of constitutional proposal with notable readability and intensely cautious quotation. despite the intensity of proposal or hassle of the subject material, Professor Griffin lays out the positions of both sides during this designated and novel publication. This ebook should still locate its means at the cabinets of any legal professional, historian, student or political scientist attracted to the U.S. structure. This e-book combines unique scholarship with an available writing variety. a real excitement.

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Norton, 1986), pp. 178–80; Morgan, Inventing the People, pp. 263–65; Jack N. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979), pp. 163–91. 36 See Elkins and McKitrick, Age of Federalism, pp. 11–13; Wood, Creation of the American Republic, pp. 596–600. 37 A common distinction made in discussions of the concept of sovereignty is that between internal and external sovereignty. Internal sovereignty is the kind we are concerned with here, that is, the sovereignty that obtains within the territory of a given state.

27–30. 90 See Leonard D. White, The Federalists (New York: Macmillan, 1948), p. 466; Leonard D. White, The Jacksonians (Chicago: Free Press, 1954), pp. 4–5. AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONALISM 35 brunt of the adaptation in government policy that was required by the developing American economy. 91 Many state constitutions acquired articles regulating corporations, labor unions, and systems of higher education—topics unknown to the federal Constitution. Another important force behind frequent constitutional change was popular distrust of state legislatures.

The eighteenth-century British doctrine of sovereignty tells us that when we locate the sovereign, we locate the supreme, indivisible, and unlimited source of power in a state. This tells us something useful about that state. 43 The problem this poses for eighteenth-century American debates about sovereignty is that the political context in which the British doctrine emerged is lacking. At the time the Constitution was ratified, Americans had recently finished fighting a revolutionary war to establish a republic, not a constitutional monarchy.

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