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Cosimo, Inc., Nov 1, 2007 - History - 740 pages
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First published in 1888, The American Commonwealth was an instant classic, a three-volume set discussing the political structure of American society, its legal system, and its people with an analysis that is both broad and in-depth. Volume I covers the Constitution and the American political system. It discusses the structure of American government and the ways in which the living American government as an entity responds to crisis. The possibilities and power struggles inherent in the American system of government are examined and documented with a fair hand. Bryce goes into further detail about state constitutions and the differing legal structures that exist on a more local level. Anyone with an interest in politics or American history will find Bryce's commentary penetratingly insightful. British historian VISCOUNT JAMES BRYCE (1838-1922) attended the University of Glasgow and Trinity College, Oxford. He is best known for his scholarship of the Holy Roman Empire. His popular works include Studies in History and Jurisprudence (1901) and Studies in Contemporary Biography (1903).
 

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Contents

The Nation and the States
15
it Natcke of the Federal Government
32
The President
38
Presidential Powers and Duties
53
ObSEBVATIONS OK THE PRBSIDBKCi
70
vhi Why Great Men are not chosen Presidents
78
The Cabinet
86
The Senate as an Executive and Judicial Boor
106
Merits of the Federal System
350
Growth akb Development of thb Constitution
359
Thb Amendment or thb Constitution
364
xwiH The Interpretation of thb Constitution
372
The Development of tub Constitution bt Usage
391
Thb Results of Constitutional Development
400
Nature of the American State
411
Statb Constitutions
427

The House of Representatives
124
The Hocse at Work
142
xti Congressional Legislation
165
Congressional Finance
174
xvni The Relations op the Two Houses
183
Gbhbral Observations on Cokrbss
189
This Relations of Congress to the Pbesibbnt
208
The Legislature and the Executive
215
The Federal Courts
228
The Court and the Constitution
241
The Working of the Courts
261
Comparison of tub American and European Systems
277
xxvn The Federal System
312
xxrur Working Relations of tub National and thb State Governments
325
xxjx Criticism of tub Federal System
342
The Development of Statb Constitutions
450
Direct Legislation by the People
463
xu State Legislatures
477
xu Thb State Executive
494
xlh The State Judiciary
501
Statb Finance
512
The Working of State Governments
528
Remedies for the Faults of State Governments
549
xlvm The Territories 678
578
Local Government
589
Observations on Rural Local Government
611
The Government of Cities 822
622
The Working of City Governments
635
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