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The Constitution in Congress: Descent into the Maelstrom, 1829-1861

David P. Currie


This series serves as a biography of the U.S. Constitution, surveying the congressional history behind its development. In a rare examination of the role that both the legislative and executive branches have played in the development of constitutional interpretation, the series shows how the actions and proceedings of these branches reveal perhaps even more about constitutional disputes than Supreme Court decisions of the time. The centerpiece for the fourth volume in this series is the great debate over slavery and how this divisive issue led the country into the maelstrom of the Civil War. F ... More

Keywords: U.S. Constitution, constitutional interpretation, congressional history, Supreme Court, slavery, Civil War, Jacksonian Revolution, Wilmot Proviso, Compromise of 1850, Lincoln-Douglas debates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226129167
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226131160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David P. Currie, author