DARTMOUTH COLLEGE CAUSES AND THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.
Item #: 3264
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2003.
Subjects: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, STATE LAW
Dartmouth College vs. Woodward established significantprecedents concerning state authority and the nature ofprivate enterprise. In 1816 the New Hampshire Legislatureattempted to transform the college into a state institution.Daniel Webster convinced the Supreme Court that the royalcharter was a contract that could not be invalidated bysubsequent state legislation. The court concurred. Itsdecision initiated a significant constitutional limitationon state authority. It also helped to define corporationsas relatively unregulated private economic entities thatcontribute to the public sphere through enlightened self-interest. Shirley offers a vivid account of the case,enriched by extensive quotation of primary archival sources.Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
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