The American Commonwealth -
Cosimo, Inc., 1. nov. 2007 - 740 sider
First published in 1888, The American Commonwealth was an instant classic, a three-volume set discussing the political structure of American society, its legal system, and its people with an analysis that is both broad and in-depth. Volume I covers the Constitution and the American political system. It discusses the structure of American government and the ways in which the living American government as an entity responds to crisis. The possibilities and power struggles inherent in the American system of government are examined and documented with a fair hand. Bryce goes into further detail about state constitutions and the differing legal structures that exist on a more local level. Anyone with an interest in politics or American history will find Bryce's commentary penetratingly insightful. British historian VISCOUNT JAMES BRYCE (1838-1922) attended the University of Glasgow and Trinity College, Oxford. He is best known for his scholarship of the Holy Roman Empire. His popular works include Studies in History and Jurisprudence (1901) and Studies in Contemporary Biography (1903).
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Merits of the Federal System
Growth akb Development of thb Constitution
Thb Amendment or thb Constitution
xwiH The Interpretation of thb Constitution
The Development of tub Constitution bt Usage
Thb Results of Constitutional Development
Nature of the American State
The Hocse at Work
xti Congressional Legislation
xvni The Relations op the Two Houses
Gbhbral Observations on Cokrbss
This Relations of Congress to the Pbesibbnt
The Legislature and the Executive
The Federal Courts
The Court and the Constitution
The Working of the Courts
Comparison of tub American and European Systems
xxvn The Federal System
xxrur Working Relations of tub National and thb State Governments
xxjx Criticism of tub Federal System
The Development of Statb Constitutions
Direct Legislation by the People
xu State Legislatures
xu Thb State Executive
xlh The State Judiciary
The Working of State Governments
Remedies for the Faults of State Governments
xlvm The Territories 678
Observations on Rural Local Government
The Government of Cities 822
The Working of City Governments
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Side 695 - The committee of the states, or any nine of them, shall be authorized to execute, in the recess of Congress, such of the powers of Congress» as the United States in Congress assembled, by the consent of nine states, shall from time to time think expedient to vest them with...
Side 692 - ... the United States, in Congress assembled, shall, from time to time, direct and appoint. The taxes for paying that proportion shall be laid and levied by the authority and direction of the Legislatures of the several States, within the time agreed upon by the United States, in Congress assembled.
Side 692 - Congress assembled, and then only against the kingdom or state, and the subjects thereof, against which war has been so declared, and under such regulations as shall be established by the United States in Congress assembled, unless such State be infested by pirates, in which case vessels of war may be fitted out for that occasion, and kept so long as the danger shall continue, or until the United States in Congress assembled shall determine otherwise.
Side 698 - The times, places and manner of holding elections for senators and representatives shall be prescribed in each State by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time, by law, make or alter such regulations, except as to the places of choosing senators.
Side 695 - ... United States in Congress assembled, on all questions which, by this Confederation, are submitted to them. And the Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every State ; and the Union shall be perpetual. Nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them, unless such alteration be agreed to, in a Congress of the United States, and be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of every State.
Side 245 - The powers of the legislature are defined and limited, and that those limits may not be mistaken or forgotten the Constitution is written. To what purpose are powers limited, and to what purpose is that limitation committed to writing, if these limits may at any time be passed by those intended to be restrained...
Side 692 - All charges of war, and all other expenses that shall be incurred for the common defence or general welfare, and allowed by the United States in Congress assembled, shall be defrayed out of a common treasury, which shall be supplied by the several states, in proportion to the value of all land within each state...