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View of the Constitution of the United States

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As professor of law at the College of William and Mary, St. George Tucker in 1803 published View of the Constitution—the first extended, systematic commentary on the United States Constitution after its ratification and later its amendment by the Bill of Rights. View was originally part of Tucker's "Americanized" or "republicanized" edition of the multivolume Commentaries ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published April 30th 2010 by Liberty Fund Inc. (first published February 1st 1998)
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Jacob Lines
This book is mostly a historical curiosity. Unlike Joseph Story’s commentary on the Constitution, which still has great insights for us today, this book is interesting only for the light it sheds on Antebellum Jeffersonian thought. He is clear that he views the union as a union of states rather than people. Reading this book, it becomes clear what the problem with that philosophy was. It was based on political expediency, rather than history or the text of the Constitution. Tucker is quite clear ...more
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