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In common legislation and the Antislavery Constitutional culture, Justin Buckley Dyer presents a succinct account of the advance of yank antislavery constitutionalism within the years previous the Civil conflict. in the context of modern revisionist scholarship, Dyer argues that the theoretical foundations of yank constitutionalism - which he identifies with ideas of average legislation - have been opposed to slavery. nonetheless, the continuing lifestyles of slavery within the 19th century created a stress among perform and precept. In a chain of case reports, Dyer reconstructs the constitutional arguments of admired antislavery thinkers resembling John Quincy Adams, John McLean, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass, who jointly sought to beat the legacy of slavery through emphasizing the ordinary legislations foundations of yank constitutionalism. What emerges is an figuring out of yankee constitutional improvement that demanding situations conventional narratives of linear development whereas highlighting the centrality of ordinary legislations to America's maximum constitutional main issue.

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