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The Supreme Court in United States History: Volume Three: 1856-1918
Limited preview - 1999
The Supreme Court in United States History: Volume One: 1789-1821
Limited preview - 1999
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Page 221 - It is as much the duty of the house of representatives, of the senate and of the president to decide upon the constitutionality of any bill or resolution which may be presented to them for passage or approval, as it is of the supreme judges when it may be brought brought before them for judicial decision. The opinion of the judges has no more authority over congress than the opinion of congress has over the judges, and, on that point, the president is independent of both.
Page 240 - But it is universally understood, it is a part of the history of the day, that the great revolution which established the constitution of the United States was not effected without immense opposition. Serious fears were extensively entertained that those powers, which the patriot statesmen, who then watched over the interests of our country, deemed essential to union, and to the attainment of those invaluable objects for which union was sought, might be exercised in a manner dangerous to liberty....
Page 245 - States; each of which may have its local usages, cuetoms, and common law. There is no principle which pervades the Union, and has the authority of law, that is not embodied in the Constitution or laws of the Union. The common law could be made a part of our Federal system, only by legislative adoption.
Page 308 - But the object and end of all government is to promote the happiness and prosperity of the community by which it is established; and it can never be assumed that the government intended to diminish its power of accomplishing the end for which it was created.
Page 156 - It may be doubted whether any of the evils proceeding from the feebleness of the Federal Government contributed more to that great revolution which introduced the present system than the deep and general conviction that commerce ought to be regulated by Congress. It is not, therefore, matter of surprise that the grant should be as extensive as the mischief, and should comprehend all foreign commerce and all commerce among the states.
Page 373 - States, or of any one of them, for or on account of any act done or omitted under any alleged right, title, authority, privilege, protection, or exemption...
Page 493 - The genius and character of our institutions are peaceful, and the power to declare war was not conferred upon Congress for the purposes of aggression or aggrandizement, but to enabl'e the general government to vindicate by arms, if it should become necessary, its own tights and the rights of its citizens.
Page 299 - We shall be thrown hack to the improvements of the last century, and obliged to stand still, until the claims of the old turnpike corporations shall be satisfied...
Page 377 - It was undoubtedly adopted as a part of the constitution for a great and useful purpose. It was to maintain the integrity of contracts, and to secure their faithful execution throughout this Union, by placing them under the protection of the constitution of the United States.