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Author: Erik McKinley Eriksson; David Nelson Rowe
Publisher: New York, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. [©1933]
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Eriksson, Erik McKinley, 1896-1941.
American constitutional history.
New York, W.W. Norton & Co. [©1933]
(OCoLC)577721616
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik McKinley Eriksson; David Nelson Rowe
OCLC Number: 1550556
Notes: "Selected references" at end of each chapter.
Description: xi pages 1 1., 527 pages 23 cm
Contents: 1. The beginning of English governmental experiments in America : Evolution of the Constitution ; The constitutional inheritance from England ; English delay in colonizing America ; Motives of English colonization ; First attempts at settlement ; The charter of 1606 ; The founding of Virginia ; The charters of 1609 and 1612 ; Virginia as royal colony --
2. The development of the New England governments :The Plymouth colony ; The Massachusetts Bay colony ; Rhode Island ; Connecticut ; New Hampshire --
3. The completion of the colonial governments : Maryland ; New York ; New Jersey ; Pennsylvania ; Delaware ; North and South Carolina ; Georgia ; The types of colonies ; The governor ; The council ; The assembly ; The judiciary --
4. Tendencies toward union prior to 1763 : The New England confederation ; Influence of the wars with France for supremacy ; Bases of English and French rivalry ; Albany conference of 1684 ; King William's War ; New York conference of 1690 ; The Penn plan of union ; Queen Anne's war ; Daniel Coxe's plan of union ; King George's war ; The French and Indian War ; The Albany Congress of 1754 ; Richard Peters's plan of union ; The Franklin plan of union ; English successes ; Influences toward union in 1763 --
5. Causes of the American Revolution : The various viewpoints--development of an American spirit ; England's colonial policy prior to 1763 ; Attempted political control ; Attempted economic regulation ; The navigation and trade acts ; The manufacturing acts ; Financial legislation ; The new colonial policy ; The Grenville Acts ; The Stamp Act ; The Townshend Act ; The Boston Tea Party ; The Intolerable Acts. --
6. The Continental Congress : Growth of radicalism ; Assembling the first continental congress ; Work of the first continental congress ; The Continental Association ; Lord North's conciliatory proposal ; Meeting of the second continental congress ; Accomplishments of the second continental congress ; Financial troubles ; The Declaration of Independence ; The French alliance ; Adoption of the Articles of Confederation. 7. Formation of the original state governments : Recommendations by the Congress ; New Hampshire's first constitution ;South Carolina ; Rhode Island and Connecticut ; Virginia ; New Jersey ; Delaware ; Pennsylvania ; Maryland ; North Carolina ;Georgia ; New York ; Massachusetts ; General features of the state constitutions --
8. The confederation government : Character of the Articles of Confederation ; Form of the confederation government ; Powers of Congress ; Accomplishments of the confederation government ; Financial difficulties ; Diplomatic and commercial troubles ; Interstate controversies --
9. The framing of the Constitution : The calling and organization of the convention ; The personnel of the constitutional convention ; Plans before the convention ; Debate and compromise ; The completed Constitution --10. The battle over ratification : Attitude of the framers towards their work ; The process of ratification ; Federalists and anti-federalist ; The debate over the Constitution in contemporary publications ; Early state ratifications ; The battle in Massachusetts ; Ratification by Maryland, South Carolina, and New Hampshire ; Ratification by Virginia ; The New York ratification battle ; The delayed ratifications by North Carolina and Rhode Island --
11. The creation and growth governmental agencies under the Constitution : Provisions for establishing the new government ; The new government organized ; The salaries of federal officials ; Congressional expansion ; Evolution of the administrative departments ; Growth of department of state ; Development of the treasury department ; The expansion of the war department ; Creation and development of the navy department ; The department of justice ; Expansion of the post office department ; The establishment and expansion the department of the interior ; The development of the newer departments ; The independent offices ; Observations on the administrative service ; The expansion of the national judiciary --
12. Expansion of the Constitution through amendment : The process of amending the Constitution ; Limitations on the amending power ; The Bill of Rights ; The Eleventh and Twelfth amendments ; The Civil War amendments --
13. Expansion of the Constitution through amendment, (continued) : The income tax amendment ; Direct election of senators ; The prohibition amendment ; Woman suffrage ; The "lame duck" amendment ; Other amendments proposed by Congress ; Additional suggested amendments. 14. Judicial interpretation of the Constitution : The doctrine of judicial review ; The case of Marbury vs. Madison ; The principle of implied powers ; Interpretation of the commerce clause of the Constitution ; The Supreme Court and state powers --
15. Legislative expansion of the Constitution : Liberal versus strict construction ; Tariff legislation ; Financial legislation as recommended by Hamilton ; Excise legislation ; Legislation regarding banks ; The budget act of 1921 ; The money system of the United States ; Uses of congressional power in promoting transportation facilities ; The regulation of interstate commerce ; Regulation of business ; Naturalization and immigration ; Miscellaneous legislation ; Congress and slavery ; Congress and the acquisition of territory ; The trend toward social legislation ; The electoral power of Congress ; Other powers of Congress ; Decline in the prestige of Congress --
16. The role of the executive under the Constitution : Colonial experience with the executive ; The Articles of Confederation and the executive power ; The constitutional convention and the executive ; Arguments for the executive in The Federalist ; Evolution of the president's powers ; President Washington's conception of his office ; Thomas Jefferson and the presidency ; President Jackson as representative of the people ; President Lincoln's war leadership ; Loss of executive prestige under President Johnson ; President Hayes and the veto power ; President Cleveland and executive independence ; Executive leadership by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Wilson ; Proposals for changing the presidential system ; Proposals to make the president a dictator --
17. Constitutional effects of custom and tradition : The evolution of political parties ; The influence of lobbies ; The election of a president ; The no third term tradition ; The presidential succession ; The president's cabinet ; Influence of tradition on foreign relations ; Other traditions affecting the president ; Congressional committees ; The party caucus ; Other traditions affecting Congress ; The courts and the constitutionality of laws --
18. State and federal relations : Dual government in the United States ; Constitutional limitations on the states ; Interstate relations ; Constitutional guarantees to the states ; Control of the sate representation in Congress ; Influence of federal subsidies on the states ; Beginning of the "state rights fetish"; Nullification in South Carolina ; Secession and coercion ; The state rights doctrine since the Civil War --
19. The Constitution in time of war : The war powers of Congress ; War powers of the president ; Declarations of war ; The raising of troops ; War finances ; The president as commander-in-chief ; Interference with constitutional rights during the Civil War ; President Lincoln and slavery ; Political reconstruction of the South ; Presidential powers during the world war ; Mobilization of war resources during the world war ; World war reorganization of governmental agencies ; Control of public opinion ; Peace time preparations for war.
Responsibility: by Erik McKinley Eriksson ... and David Nelson Rowe.

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