The Supreme Court and Sovereign States

The Supreme Court and Sovereign States

The Supreme Court and Sovereign States

The Supreme Court and Sovereign States

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In the year 1847, a noted New York lawyer, John Van Buren, arguing one of the great cases in our history--involving the power of a State to legislate with reference to immigrants, urged the Court to hasten its decision, as some of the immigrants held in quarantine by New York officials were dying; and said he, with irony, "it would be a consolation to their friends to know that they were dying constitutionally ."

It is the duty of American citizens, especially of those just going forth into American life, to consider more carefully than in the past, how they are living , constitutionally --to understand the principles, to note the manner of operation, and to apply the lessons of our American Constitution. To do this, something more is required than a knowledge of the law and of governmental institutions of the country. The origins of the Constitution, not merely as a political document, but as the work of human beings, must be known.

Long ago, old Thomas Fuller quaintly said, in 1655: "We live in a troublesome age, and he needs to have a soft bed who can sleep nowadays amidst so . . .

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