Republican Constitutionalism and International Law: Constitutional Resistance During the Progressive Era


This conference examined the views of "constitutional conservatives" from the first two decades of the twentieth century on constitutional government, executive power, direct democracy and political parties, and foreign policy.


Conference Readings

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Year Book for 1917. Washington, DC, 1917.

Fifteenth Republican National Convention. Official Report of the Proceedings of the Fifteenth Republican National Convention. Compiled by Milton W. Blumenberg, Official Reporter. New York: The Tenny Press, 1912.

Beck, James M. “President Gains Power in Old Congress Fight.” New York Times (November 7, 1926): Page 15.

Beck, James M. The Changed Conception of the Constitution. Rochester: The University of Rochester, 1925.

Coolidge, Calvin. “Party Loyalty and the Presidency.” The Saturday Evening Post 204, no. 14 (October 3, 1931): 3-5 and 102.

Coolidge, Calvin. “Political Parties.” The Saturday Evening Post 207, no. 14 (October 6, 1934): 5-7, 40, and 42.

Hill, David Jayne. The People’s Government. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1915.

Hill, David Jayne. “Our Charter of Law and Liberty.” The Constitutional Review 4 (1920): 75-87.

Hill, David Jayne. American World Policies. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1920.

Lodge, Henry Cabot. “The Constitution and Its Makers.” The North American Review 196, no. 680 (July 1912): 20-51.

Root, Elihu, “Letter to the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, March 29, 1919” In International Conciliation Special Bulletin: Criticisms of the Draft Plan for the League of Nations, New York: American Association for International Conciliation, 1919. 72-93.

Root, Elihu. “Towards Making Peace Permanent, Nobel Lecture 1912.” The Nobel Prize. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1912/root-lecture.html (April 23, 2018).

Root, Elihu. Experiments in Government and the Essentials of the Constitution. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1913.

Root, Elihu. “Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Nations Adopted by the American Institute of International Law.” The American Journal of International Law 10, no. 2 (April 1916): 211-221.

Scott, James Brown. The American Institute of International Law: Its Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Nations. Washington, DC: The American Institute of International Law, 1916.

Taft, William Howard. Taft Papers on League of Nations. Edited by Theodore Marburg and Horace E. Flack. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1920.

Taft, William Howard. Popular Government: Its Essence, Its Permanence and Its Perils. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1913.

Taft, William Howard. The President and His Powers. New York: Columbia University Press, 1967 [1916].