Virginia and State Rights, 1750-1861: The Genesis and Promotion of a Doctrine

Virginia and State Rights, 1750-1861: The Genesis and Promotion of a Doctrine

By: Charles Pinnegar (author)Paperback

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While most historical studies merely scratch the surface of antebellum state rights and treat the doctrine as just one of many sectional differences between the North and South, this book focuses exclusively on state rights to reveal the doctrine's genesis, planks, and variations from colonial to Civil War times. It looks particularly at the doctrine within Virginia, examining how the concept of state rights became the backbone of the Old Dominion's understanding of the Union for at least seven decades. Part One looks at contributing factors motivating Virginia's ideological attitudes toward state rights, revealing how and why state rights Antifederalists recoiled from the expansive tendencies associated with central government power during the Constitutional debate and the Virginia ratification convention. Part Two examines the methodologies employed by concerned Virginians to maintain the currency of state rights in the face of nationalist threats to a southern interpretation of liberty by examining publically available documents and essays by luminaries such as James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Spencer Roane, Abel Upshur, and Littleton Tazewell.

About Author

Charles Pinnegar is an author and retired teacher.

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  • ISBN13: 9780786443949
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780786443949
  • ISBN10: 0786443944

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