Federalism and State Interposition in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries


This conference examined the role of the states as checks upon national authority and asked to what degree is that role encompassed in the original design of the Constitution, and/or to what degree they are later innovations.


Conference Readings

Ames, Herman V., eds. State Documents on Federal Relations: States and the United States. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Department of History, 1911.

Jackson, Andrew. The Statesmanship of Andrew Jackson as Told in His Writings and Speeches. Edited by Francis Newton Thorpe. New York: The Tandy-Thomas Company, 1909.

United States Congress. Gales and Seaton’s Register of Debates in Congress, Volume IX. Washington: Gales and Seaton Publishers, 1833.

Purdon, John, and George M. Stroud, eds. A Digest of the Laws of Pennsylvania from the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred. Philadelphia: McCarty and Davis, 1841.

Prigg v. Pennsylvania, 41 U.S.  539 (U.S. Supreme Court 1842).

Supreme Court of Wisconsin. The Unconstitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Act: Decisions of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin in Cases of Booth and Rycraft. Milwaukee: Rufus King and Co., 1855.

Montana House Bill 287

Virginia Acts of Assembly 2010

Kansas Senate Bill No. 102

Arizona Senate Concurrent Resolution 1016

Banning, Lance, eds. Liberty and Order: The First American Party Struggle. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2004. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/875/63976 (accessed October 6, 2009).

Empire and Nation: Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (John Dickinson), Letters from the Federal Farmer (Richard Henry Lee). Edited by Forrest McDonald. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1999.

Frohnen, Bruce, eds. The American Republic. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Elliot, Jonathan. The Debates in the Several State Conventions of the Adoption of the Federal Constitution. Washington, DC: Published under the Sanction of Congress, 1827.

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.