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Author Fritz, Christian G., 1953-
Title American sovereigns : the people and America's Constitutional tradition before the Civil War / Christian G. Fritz.
Imprint Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2008.

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Author Fritz, Christian G., 1953-
Series Cambridge studies on the American Constitution
Cambridge studies on the American Constitution.
Subject Constituent power -- United States -- History.
People (Constitutional law) -- United States -- History.
States' rights (American politics) -- History.
Federal government -- United States -- History.
Constitutional history -- United States.
Constitution and Bylaws.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 427 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue -- The people's sovereignty in the states -- Revolutionary constitutionalism -- Grass-roots self-government : America's early determinist movements -- Revolutionary tensions : "friends of government" confront "the Regulators" in Massachusetts -- The sovereign behind the Federal Constitution -- The Federal Constitution and the effort to constrain the people -- Testing the constitutionalism of 1787 : the whiskey "rebellion" in Pennsylvania -- Federal sovereignty : competing views of the Federal Constitution -- The struggle over a constitutional middle ground -- The collective sovereign persists : the people's constitution in Rhode Island -- Epilogue.
Summary 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.
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ISBN 9780511480386 (electronic bk.)
0511480385 (electronic bk.)
0521881889 (hardback)
9780521881883 (hardback)
9780521125604 (paper)
052112560X (paper)
9780511800580 (ebook)
0511800584 (ebook)
9780521881883 (hardback)
OCLC # 318824486
Additional Format Print version: Fritz, Christian G., 1953- American sovereigns. Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2008 9780521881883 0521881889 (DLC) 2007013827 (OCoLC)122973753

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