American Sovereigns PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Christian G. Fritz

American Sovereigns

Cambridge University Press
Publication date: January 2008
ISBN: 9780511473906
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American Sovereigns 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. It 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 a national level over what it meant for the people to be the sovereign, and how that collective sovereign could express its will, were not resolved 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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