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The Declaration Of Independence In Constitutional Interpretation: A Selective History And Analysis, Charles H. Cosgrove Jan 1998

The Declaration Of Independence In Constitutional Interpretation: A Selective History And Analysis, Charles H. Cosgrove

University of Richmond Law Review

In 1845, antislavery constitutionalist Lysander Spooner argued that the Declaration of Independence was originally a legal constitution with a direct bearing on how one ought to interpret the status of slavery under the Constitution of 1787. In 1889, the congressional act establishing the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington required that their state constitutions "not be repugnant to the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence," as if the two documents were of a piece. In 1995, attorney Christopher Darden argued to the jury in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial that slain victims ...


The Development Of American Ideals: Three Bills Of Rights, Milton R. Konvitz Jan 1998

The Development Of American Ideals: Three Bills Of Rights, Milton R. Konvitz

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Developments that sparked the most consequential constitutional controversies in American history have enriched the nation with a second and third Bill of Rights