KENTUCKY RESOLUTIONS OF 1798: AN HISTORICAL STUDY
Item #: 7873
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2004.
Subjects: POLITICAL SCIENCE, STATE LAW
The Kentucky Resolutions anonymously authored by ThomasJefferson were adopted by the Kentucky legislature in 1798.Written to oppose the passage of the Alien and SeditionActs, they initiated a debate about the respective powers ofthe federal government and states. The most remarkableclaim advanced by the resolutions was that states had theright to nullify federal legislation. A key text foradvocates of states' rights, the resolutions had a profoundeffect on the debates that led to the Civil War. Dudley, aKentucky attorney, provides a lively account of theirhistory. In contrast to other authors, which tend to focusof Jefferson, Dudley emphasizes the central role played byJohn Breckenridge, the leading member of the Kentucky Houseof Representatives. Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
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