Thomas, Samuel Bell in collaboration with Edward Williams. Our Weakened Constitution: An Historical and Analytical Study of the Constitution of the United State [sic] and of the Additions to the Original Text Undertaken to Place the Facts before the American People, and to Emphasize the Present Necessity for a Movement in Behalf of an Unviolated Constitution, State Integrity and the Rights and Immunities Established by the Founders of this Republic. Originally published: New York: Dauber & Pine Bookshops, 1932. [ii], (III-XXVII new Introduction), vii, 321 pp. Reprinted 2016 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. With a new introduction by John R. Vile, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. ISBN-13: 9781616195304. ISBN-10: 1616195304. Hardcover. New. $59.95 * Written in 1932, this book offers a liberal interpretation of a "living Constitution" and argues for the types of limits on the United States Constitution being considered today. Thomas: - interprets the 2nd amendment as a state rather than a federal issue - examines the question of substantive limits on the content of constitutional amendments - advances the novel idea that the Bill of Rights was only designed to limit the national government and not the states - proclaims the unconstitutionality of the 18th amendment which prohibited alcohol - questions equal state suffrage in the U.S. Senate, the extensive powers of the president, the four-year presidential election cycle, "the composition and tenure of the Federal Judiciary" and the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court. Samuel Bell Thomas [1869-1943] practiced law in New York. He graduated from the University of Texas and received his law degree from Southwestern University. He lost his bid for Congress as a New York Independence League candidate in 1910.
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