What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 10, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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The bitter and protracted struggle between President Thomas Jefferson and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall defined the basic constitutional relationship between the executive and judicial branches of government. More than one hundred fifty years later, their clashes still reverberate in constitutional debates and political battles.
In this dramatic and fully accessible account of these titans of the early republic and their fiercely held ideas, James F. Simon brings to life the early history of the nation and sheds new light on the highly charged battle to balance the powers of the federal government and the rights of the states. A fascinating look at two of the nation's greatest statesmen and shrewdest politicians, What Kind of Nation presents a cogent, unbiased assessment of their lasting impact on American government.
  

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Review: What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States

User Review  - Mike Hankins - Goodreads

The history of the United States has been marked by continual debate about the nature of the country itself. Present day debates about the size and role of the federal government are in many ways ... Read full review

Review: What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States

User Review  - Jim Dilmore - Goodreads

If you think our current political climate is toxic, read this. It shows Marshall at his best and Jefferson at his most petulant. It also shows Jefferson at his most subtle and insightful political best. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
15
Treason Against the United States
220
Epilogue
292
Source Notes
303
Acknowledgments
327
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James F. Simon, a former correspondent and contributing editor at Time, is the Martin Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at New York Law School. The author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Antagonists and The Center Holds, he lives in West Nyack, New York.

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