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The Constitution of Empire: Territorial Expansion and American Legal History

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The Constitution of Empire offers a constitutional and historical survey of American territorial expansion from the founding era to the present day. The authors describe the Constitution's design for territorial acquisition and governance and examine the ways in which practice over the past two hundred years has diverged from that original vision. Noting that most of America's territorial acquisitions--including the Louisiana Purchase, the Alaska Purchase, and the territory acquired after the Mexican-American and Spanish-American Wars--resulted from treaties, the authors elaborate a Jeffersonian-based theory of the federal treaty power and assess American territorial acquisitions from this perspective. They find that at least one American acquisition of territory and many of the basic institutions of territorial governance have no constitutional foundation, and they explore the often-strange paths that constitutional law has traveled to permit such deviations from the Constitution's original meaning.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300102314
Subtitle:
Territorial Expansion and American Legal History
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Seidman, Guy
Author:
Lawson, Gary
Location:
New Haven
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
United states
Subject:
North American
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Constitutional history
Subject:
Constitutional law
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Constitutional history -- United States.
Subject:
United States Territorial expansion.
Subject:
Law | Constitutional Law
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
58
Publication Date:
20040209
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.19 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Law » Constitutional Law
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » General

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