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Sutton, Robert P.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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xxvii, 293 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Creation of the Federal Republic -- The Sedition Act of 1798 -- Judicial nationalism : the Marshall Court -- The Nullification Crisis -- The Compromise of 1850 -- Plessy v. Ferguson : from emancipation to segregation -- New Deal federalism -- Brown v. Board of Education : federalism and civil rights -- The Supreme Court, women's rights, and abortion.
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The issues and controversies surrounding the creation of our federal republic--and the rights of the federal government--have reverberated through many watershed events in the 200+ years of American history. This book will help students to debate those issues as they played out in eight crises from 1787 to the beginning of the 21st century. Expert commentary and 54 primary documents contemporary to the time were carefully selected to represent a variety of views on each issue. Events range from the creation of the federal republic to the ongoing controversy over women's rights.

Primary documents include presidential letters and speeches, newspaper opinion pieces, first-person accounts and letters, Supreme Court decisions, congressional debates, statutes, resolutions, and political party platforms. A narrative introduction to the issue of federalism over American history will help students contextualize the events in context. A chronology and bibliography of books and Web sites will assist the student researcher.

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Robert P. Sutton is Professor of History at Western Illinois University where he has taught since 1970.

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Historian Sutton (Western Illinois Univ.) is the author and editor of this contribution to the "Major Issues in American History" series, which encourages a problem-solving approach to understanding and teaching history. Sutton presents a documentary history of American federalism, with documents selected to reflect differing views on specific issues related to federalism from the time of the founding through the 20th century. Among the issues covered are the framing and ratification of the Constitution, the Sedition Act of 1798, the Compromise of 1850, New Deal federalism, racial segregation, and women's rights. Sutton provides introductory essays for each issue. The value of the volume's treatment of federalism in the 20th century is reduced by the decision not to include the Seventeenth Amendment and by the relatively little attention given to the impact of grants-in-aid and other intergovernmental transfers on federalism. Also, students of constitutional law may find some of the comments on Supreme Court decisions (e.g., Palko v. Connecticut) misleading. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Undergraduate political science and history collections. T. H. Ferrell University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Table of Contents

Randall M. Miller
Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Chronology of Eventsp. xv
1. Introductionp. 1
2. Creation of the Federal Republicp. 25
3. The Sedition Act of 1798p. 49
4. Judicial Nationalism: The Marshall Courtp. 77
5. The Nullification Crisisp. 111
6. The Compromise of 1850p. 133
7. Plessy v. Ferguson: From Emancipation to Segregationp. 159
8. New Deal Federalismp. 187
9. Brown v. Board of Education: Federalism and Civil Rightsp. 217
10. The Supreme Court, Women's Rights, and Abortionp. 243
Selected Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 287