States Rights and the Original Constitution

States Rights and the Original Constitution

The first comprehensive commentary on the Constitution from an exceptional legal scholar and staunch republican.

Brion McClanahan

A one volume clause by clause commentary on the original Constitution as ratified by the States in 1787 and 1788 that destroys the nationalist arguments of Hamilton, Story, Webster, and Lincoln.

Kevin Gutzman

A Jeffersonian discussion of the Constitution from ratification through the 20th century.

John Taylor

Written by a man considered to be more Jeffersonian than Jefferson himself, this is the best defense of the compact fact of the Constitution.

Clyde N. Wilson, ed.

Clyde Wilson spent three decades editing the John C. Calhoun Papers at the University of South Carolina. This is a collection of the best material Calhoun produced on government and society.

M.E. Bradford

A series of essays on the Philadelphia Convention and the ratification of the Constitution from the great Southern scholar.

M.E. Bradford

A series of vignettes on the fifty-five men who attended the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. No study like it has ever been written.

Mike Church and Brion McClanahan, eds., Albert Taylor Bledsoe

Church and McClanahan provide a modern edited and updated edition of Bledsoe’s classic work on the Constitution and secession as a right of the States.

Russell Kirk

Kirk’s biography of Randolph is considered by many to be a more important work than his famous Conservative Mind.

Alexander H. Stephens

A classic two volume study of the Constitution by the late Vice-President of the Confederate States.

Thomas E. Woods

An important review of the principle of nullification from the founding period to the present.

Thomas Jefferson

In his first significant public statement, Jefferson stresses the constitutional, not the revolutionary, nature of the American case.

Forrest McDonald

A thoroughly documented study on the issue of “State’s Rights” from one of the South’s great historians.

Forrest McDonald

Typically called a “soft” interpretation of the origins of the Constitution, McDonald’s work examines the impact of political philosophy on the document.