In this long overdue collection, Sanford Levinson and Bartholomew Sparrow bring together noted scholars in American history, constitutional law, and political science to examine the role that the Louisiana Purchase played in shaping both the expansionist policies of the nineteenth century and critical interpretations of the Constitution. As the nation continued to expand westward and into the Pacific and Caribbean, critical social, political, and constitutional questions would arise that would greatly test American resolve and the principles on which it was based.
Sanford Levinson holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr., Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School and is professor of government at the University of Texas. Bartholomew Sparrow is associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin.
Introduction Chapter 1: The First "Incorporation" Debate Chapter 2: "The Strongest Government on Earth": Jefferson's Republicanism, the Expansion of the Union, and the New Nation's Destiny Chapter 3: The Louisiana Purchase and the Coming of the Civil War Chapter 4: Settling the West: The Annexation of Texas, the Louisiana Purchase, and Bush v. Gore Chapter 5: Texas Chapter 6: The Golden Death of Jefferson's Dream: California and the Sectional Crisis Chapter 7: A Promise of Expansion Chapter 8: Puerto Rico's Political Status: The Long-Term Effects of American Expansionist Discourse Chapter 9: The Constitution and Deconstitution of the United States Chapter 10: Modes of Rule in America's Overseas Empire: The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Samoa Chapter 11: Empires External and Internal: Territories, Government Lands, and Federalism in the United States