An Important Southern Voice In the Political Debates That Followed the War of 1812 Taylor, John. Construction Construed, and Constitutions Vindicated. Originally published: Richmond: printed by Shepherd & Pollard, 1820. iv, 344 pp. Reprinted 2009 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781886363434; ISBN-10: 1886363439. Hardcover with dust jacket. New. $32.95 * One of the major works of the Virginian John Taylor of Caroline [1753-1824]. Little-known today, Taylor's work is of great significance in the political and intellectual history of the South and is essential for understanding the constitutional theories that Southerners asserted to justify secession in 1861. Construction Construed and Constitutions Vindicated was Taylor's response to a series of post-War of 1812 developments including John Marshall's Supreme Court decision in McCulloch v. Maryland, the widespread issuance of paper money by banks, proposals for a protective tariff, and the attempt to bar slavery from Missouri. Along with many other Southerners, Taylor feared that these and other measures were undermining the foundations of American republicanism. He saw them as the attempt of an "artificial capitalist sect" to corrupt the virtue of the American people and upset the proper constitutional balance between state and federal authority in favor of a centralized national government.
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