Bauer, Elizabeth Kelley. Commentaries on the Constitution 1790-1860. Originally published: New York: Columbia University Press, 1952. 400 pp. Reprinted 1999 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781886363663; ISBN-10: 1886363668. Hardcover. New. $45. * A thorough survey and examination of the "formal commentaries" on the Constitution that were written as summaries of official pronouncements by proponents of the two major schools of constitutional interpretation before the Civil War--the nationalist Northern school, and the Southern states rights advocates. As this important study places the commentaries in a historical context by comparing their theories, examining their impact and their roots in the lives of the authors, it serves to illustrate "the early divergence between the North and South in theoretical discussions of the nature of the Union, and eventually lead to the constitutional justification of Southern secession." From the Preface. Contains a useful Bibliography of Works Cited pages 361-380.
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