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The Resource Free in the world : American slavery and constitutional failure, Mark E. Brandon

Free in the world : American slavery and constitutional failure, Mark E. Brandon

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Free in the world : American slavery and constitutional failure
Title
Free in the world
Title remainder
American slavery and constitutional failure
Statement of responsibility
Mark E. Brandon
Title variation
American slavery and constitutional failure
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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 means to participate in political life and because it could not reconcile the increasingly divergent constitutional cultures of North and South. These failures reflect the broader fact that written constitutions are not automatic solutions to political problems, but can divide as well as unite people
  • Brandon also develops a general typology of constitutional failure. He identifies several ways in which failure can occur, shows that failure in one area may signify success in another, and argues that the possibility of failure is built into the foundations of all constitutional regimes. In the course of the argument, Brandon examines such topics as the role of founding myths in establishing and undermining constitutional authority, the effects of having conflicting myths in a single regime, the debate over interpretive authority, the constitutional legitimacy of secession, and the constitutional reasons that Reconstruction failed. The book is a striking contribution both to constitutional theory and to our understanding of the constitutional issues surrounding slavery
Cataloging source
DLC
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Brandon, Mark E
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4541
LC item number
.B684 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Constitutional history
  • Constitutional law
Label
Free in the world : American slavery and constitutional failure, Mark E. Brandon
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [227]-237) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 5.
  • Lincoln, Douglas, and the Illusion of Division
  • Chapter 6.
  • Constitutional Autonomy, Discourse, and Failure
  • Chapter 7.
  • No Exit? Secession and Constitutionalism
  • Chapter 8.
  • Remaking America: Reconstruction and Constitutional Failure
  • Chapter 1.
  • Constitutionalism, History, and Constitutional Failure
  • Chapter 2.
  • Foundings, Myths, and Constitutional Division
  • Chapter 3.
  • Interpretive Authority and Constitutional Division, Part
  • Chapter 4.
  • Interpretive Authority and Constitutional Division, Part
Control code
37115206
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 248 pages
Isbn
9780691015811
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97025835
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Free in the world : American slavery and constitutional failure, Mark E. Brandon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [227]-237) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 5.
  • Lincoln, Douglas, and the Illusion of Division
  • Chapter 6.
  • Constitutional Autonomy, Discourse, and Failure
  • Chapter 7.
  • No Exit? Secession and Constitutionalism
  • Chapter 8.
  • Remaking America: Reconstruction and Constitutional Failure
  • Chapter 1.
  • Constitutionalism, History, and Constitutional Failure
  • Chapter 2.
  • Foundings, Myths, and Constitutional Division
  • Chapter 3.
  • Interpretive Authority and Constitutional Division, Part
  • Chapter 4.
  • Interpretive Authority and Constitutional Division, Part
Control code
37115206
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 248 pages
Isbn
9780691015811
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97025835
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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