9781315190204 (e-book) 1315190206 9781351748407 1351748408 9781351748384 1351748386
"This title was first published in 2002. The Imperial Republic addresses the enduring relationship that the American constitution has with the concept of empire?. Early activists frequently used the word to describe the nation they wished to create through revolution and later reform. The book examines what the Framers of the Constitution meant when they used the term empire? and what such self-conscious empire building tells Americans about the underlying goals of their constitutional system. Utilizing the author's extensive research from colonial times to the turn of the twentieth century, the book concludes that imperial ambition has profoundly influenced American constitutional law, theory and politics. It uses several analytical techniques to ascertain the multiple meanings of such fundamental words as empire? and republic? and demonstrates that such concepts have at least four levels of meaning. Relying on numerous examples, it further concludes that American leaders frequently (even proudly) used the word with some of its most domineering implications."--Provided by publisher.
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Chapter Introduction chapter 1 Constructing a Model of Republican Empires chapter 2 Early Constitutional Structures chapter 3 Creating the Imperial Constitution chapter 4 The Struggle Over the Form, Character, and Direction of the New Empire chapter 5 The Republican Empire of Conquest chapter 6 Chief Justice John Marshall's Hamiltonian Empire: Turning Constitutional Conventions into Constitutional / Law chapter 7 Imperial Competition During the Ante-Belleum Era chapter 8 John C. Calhoun, Dred Scott v. Sandford, and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates: Tinning Constitutional Theories and Conventions into Constitutional Law chapter 9 The Formation of the Modem American Empire.
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