Readings in Recent American Constitutional History, 1876-1926

Readings in Recent American Constitutional History, 1876-1926

Readings in Recent American Constitutional History, 1876-1926

Readings in Recent American Constitutional History, 1876-1926

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This volume has grown out of the needs of a class in constitutional history in Yale University. Not only are there no adequate treatises dealing with the development of American polity since the Civil War, but the material for such studies is not always accessible even in well-equipped libraries. While there are numerous treatises and collections of source material in such specialized fields as constitutional law, transportation, and corporate regulation, the extraordinary expansion of Federal authority and the less obvious structural changes in both Federal and State Governments are often overlooked. Histories of the period, moreover, stress the give and take of political groups, or the push and pull of economic forces, without tracing the institutional consequences of these contests and conflicts. The editors of this volume, therefore, have brought together selections from various sources which illustrate the most significant phases in the constitutional development of the last fifty years. In general they have been guided by the same considerations that determined the choice of material in an earlier volume of Readings in American Constitutional History, 1776-1876, to which indeed this is a sequel. While intended primarily as a case-book for college classes, it is hoped that this volume will prove useful to the lawyer, the holder of public office, and all persons who are interested in problems of American government and citizenship.

The editors take this opportunity to express their appreciation of many helpful suggestions received from James P. Richardson, Esq., Parker Professor of Law and Political Science in Dartmouth College.

ALLEN JOHNSON WILLIAM A. ROBINSON

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