John Marshall and His Critics: Judicial Review, States Rights, and Liberty in the Early Republic


This conference explored the constitutional, political, and legal aspects of John Marshall’s role as US Supreme Court justice. Issues explored included the federal versus the state governments, the role of the court, the national bank, and judicial review. In addition, critics of Marshall and his brand of federalism were examined, and his legacy for American Constitutionalism was considered as well.


Conference Readings

McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316  (United States Supreme Court 1819).

Martin v. Hunter's Lessee, 14 U.S. 304  (United States Supreme Court 1816).

Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S Cranch 137  (U.S. Supreme Court 1803).

Cohens v. Virginia, 19 U.S. Wheat 264  (U.S. Supreme Court 1821).

Gunther, Gerald, John Marshall, William Brockenbrough, and Spencer Roane. John Marshall's Defense of McCulloch v. Maryland. Edited by Gerald Gunther. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 1969.

Hamburger, Philip. “Law and Judicial Duty.” The George Washington Law Review  72, No. 1 (December 2003): 1-41.

Hamilton, Alexander. The Works of Alexander Hamilton, (Federal Edition), Volume 3 [1791]. Edited by Henry Cabot Lodge. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904.

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

Jefferson, Thomas. The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 12 (1816-1826). Edited by Paul Leicester Ford. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1905.

Jefferson, Thomas. The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6 (1789-1792). Edited by Paul Leicester Ford. New York and London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904.

Jefferson, Thomas. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 10. Edited by Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh. Washington D.C: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1903.

Madison, James. The Writings of James Madison, Volume 6 (1790-1802). Edited by Gaillard Hunt. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1900.

Marshall, John. The Life of George Washington. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2000.

Story, Joseph L. Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States. Boston: Hilliard, Gray and Company, 1833.

Taylor, John. Tyranny Unmasked. Edited by F. Thornton Miller. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1992.

Taylor, John. Construction Construed and Constitutions Vindicated. Richmond: Shepherd and Pollard, 1820.