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Download Chapter II. The Constitution of the United States. (810 KB)

Download Chapter III. The Formation and Amendment of State Constitutions. (884 KB)

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Download Chapter V. The Powers Which the Legislative Department May Exercise. (2.3 MB)

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“In these pages the author has faithfully endeavored to state the law as it has been settled by the authorities, rather than to present his own views. At the same time he will not attempt to deny -- what will probably be sufficiently apparent -- that he has written in full sympathy with all those restraints which the caution of the fathers has imposed upon the exercise of the powers of government, and with greater faith in the checks and balances of our republican system, and in correct conclusions by the general public sentiment, than in a judicious, prudent, and just exercise of unbridled authority by any one man or body of men, whether sitting as a legislature or as a court….

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Constitution, Governance, State constitutions, Legislatures, History, England, Freedom of speech, Freedom of the press, Freedom of religion, Bill of Rights, Municipalities, Personal property, Property rights, Statutory interpretation, Constitutional amendments, Constitutional interpretation, Police power, Eminent domain


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Constitutional Law | First Amendment | Legislation | State and Local Government Law

A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations Which Rest Upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union