Free in the World: American Slavery and Constitutional Failure

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The American Constitution is often held up as a model for other countries to imitate. According to Mark Brandon, however, it is a model not just of success, but also of failure. In this book, Brandon examines the breakdown of American constitutional order in the nineteenth century, paying special attention to slavery as an institution and as a subject of political rhetoric. He draws on historical narrative and constitutional theory to argue that the Constitution failed both because it denied to slaves and free blacks the ...

Free in the World: American Slavery and Constitutional Failure 1998, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691015811

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