The age of strict construction : a history of the growth of federal power, 1789-1861 /
Peter Zavodnyik.
Washington, D.C. : The Catholic University of America Press, c2007.
viii, 372 p. ; 24 cm.
9780813215044 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Washington, D.C. : The Catholic University of America Press, c2007.
9780813215044 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Ratification, 1787-1788 -- The Federalists, 1789-1801 -- The Republicans, 1801-1829 -- The market republic, 1829-1850 -- The fall of the republic, 1850-1861.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-08-01:
The US Constitution weathered the ratification process because it provided for a national government of limited powers. In its drafting, it was the framers' intent to ensure that state sovereignty would be minimally impacted. Through the Jeffersonian era, the federal government was guided by the intent of the framers and by the ratification debates. In this work, attorney Zavodnyik, a nonacademician, looks at the period 1789-1861 to determine if there was an erosion of strict construction and a rise of federal centralization. The book's subtitle telegraphs that the author found within the three branches of the federal government activity that served to loosen the restraints of strict construction, thus increasing the role and power of the national government in the life of the citizens. This work serves as a challenge to the traditional interpretation of the growth of federal power. It also provides another explanation for the secession of the southern states, a topic on which scholars will no doubt be weighing in. This interesting and provocative study, which depends heavily on secondary works, has a place in the collections of all four-year academic institutions. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. J. Fox Jr. emeritus, Salem State College
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"This book explores the growth of the federal government's power and influence between 1789 and 1861, and the varying reactions of Americans to that growth. The book focuses on the dispute over the spending power of Congress, the Supreme Court's expansion of the scope of the Contract Clause, and the centralizing effects of the Jacksonian spoils system. The book also surveys the conflict over constitutional interpretation - originalism v. textualism - that has divided Americans from the time of the dispute over the first Bank of the United States until the present day."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of Contents
Ratification, 1787-1788p. 7
The Articles of Confederationp. 7
The Constitutional Conventionp. 12
Ratification, Fall 1787p. 15
Ratification, Spring 1788p. 26
The Federalists, 1789-1801p. 36
Alexander Hamilton and Congressp. 36
Executive Branch Influence and the Rise of Partiesp. 54
The Federal Judiciaryp. 61
1798p. 69
The Republicans, 1801-1829p. 80
Economy in Governmentp. 80
Embargo and Warp. 95
John Marshall and the Supreme Courtp. 104
Federal Patronage and the Republican Partyp. 121
Internal Improvementsp. 124
The Market Republic, 1829-1850p. 145
The Rise of Cities and the Jacksonian Party Systemp. 145
Tariffs and the American Systemp. 162
Pecuniary Legislationp. 181
Strict Construction in Theory and Practicep. 195
Strict Construction and the Taney Courtp. 210
Slavery and the Constitution, 1789-1820p. 218
Slavery in the Age of Jacksonp. 225
The Fall of the Republic, 1850-1861p. 247
Slavery, Cities, and Partiesp. 247
Kansasp. 261
Dred Scottp. 282
The Twilight of Strict Constructionp. 299
Lecomptonp. 311
The Federal Machinep. 327
The Election of 1860p. 334
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