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Was Slavery on the Way Out in 1860? The Republican Plan

In a series of posts written a number of years ago, I argued that slavery was a thriving institution in 1860 and that there was every reason to think that, but for the Civil War, it would have continued indefinitely, See Was SlaveryShow More Summary

Did Congress Have Power to Ban the Interstate Sale and Transportation of Slaves?

In an important new article, “To Regulate,” Not “To Prohibit”: Limiting the Commerce Power, Barry Friedman and Genvieve Lakier argue that the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution does not grant to Congress the power to prohibit interstate commerce. Show More Summary

Millard Fillmore, Badass

Over at the Daily Caller they have produced a Top Ten List of the most badass American political names. And there, lo and behold, is Millard in all his glory, with the following explanation: Millard Fillmore - just an all around American bad ass. No further explanation needed. As Glenn Reynolds would say, Heh.

How Dagger John Saved New York's Irish

Do you know John Hughes? The excellent City Journal site is currently featuring a wonderful older (but new to me) article on New York's first Catholic Archbishop: How Dagger John Saved New York's Irish. We are not the first generation of New Yorkers puzzled by what to do about the underclass. Show More Summary

Happy Birthday, Johann!

I'm never sure when to celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday, since he was born on March 21, 1685 (o.s) and March 31, 1685 (n.s.). That uncertainty notwithstanding, happy birthday, Mr. B!

The Epistle of Barnabas

The Epistle of Barnabas was reportedly in the running to be a book of the New Testament. It's a good thing it lost. Apart from the fact that it's an intensely anti-Jewish screed, which would have made Jewish-Christian reconciliation even more difficult, Christians would have been saddled with a bunch of absurd folk tales. Show More Summary

Was James Madison Fibbing?

In the latter part of July 1788, the convention convened in Poughkeepsie to determine whether New York would ratify the United States Constitution was approaching conclusion. Several days earlier, on July 17, 1788, anti-Constitution delegate Melancton Smith had proposed that the delegates ratify the Constitution. Show More Summary

Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. President

I failed to mark James Madison's birthday yesterday, but not to worry: over at Millard Fillmore's Bathtub, Ed Darrell noted the occasion with a lengthy post replete with links: March 16, Freedoms Day - How to Celebrate James Madison? By way of belated celebration, let me one last link. Show More Summary

Six Answers for Seth Barrett Tillman

I posted recently on Lawprof Seth Barrett Tillman's fun article posing Six Puzzles for Professor Akhil Amar. Now I see that at The Originalism Blog Lawprof Michael Ramsey has taken up the challenge: My Answers to Seth Barrett Tillman's Six Questions. Enjoy!

Founding Golfer?

Over at Concurring Opinions, Lawprof Gerard Magliocca points out that James Wilson "was probably the only Founder to play golf." The evidence? 1. Wilson was born in Scotland and lived there until he was 23. 2. He went to college at St. Show More Summary

The Three-Fifths Clause In the News!

As you may have heard, Emory University President James Wagner wrote a column earlier this year in which he praised the Three-Fifths Clause as an example of Constitutional compromise: During a Homecoming program in September, a panel...Show More Summary

Millard Not Dissed!

Over at Millard Fillmore's Bathtub, Ed Darrell has an appreciative post on Millard: Quote of the Moment: Should We Reconsider Millard Fillmore? He ends: Historians often offer back-handed criticism to Fillmore for the Compromise of 1850; in retrospect it did not prevent the Civil War. Show More Summary

Millard Dissed Again!

Longtime readers will know I'm a big Millard Fillmore fan and get seriously perturbed when Millard is dissed. Well, it's happened again. Over at the Daily Caller they've posted the Top Ten Hottest US Presidents in History and Millard is MIA. Show More Summary

Six Puzzles for Professor Akhil Amar

The always enjoyable and educational Seth Barrett Tillman has a short and fun (but very dense!) new paper out on SSRN for those of you who enjoy Constitutional puzzles: Six Puzzles for Professor Akhil Amar. Here's the abstract: The Constitution...Show More Summary

Was Thomas Hamer the "adopted son" of Thomas Morris?

After writing Celebrating Thomas Hamer, I decided to check Jonathan H. Earle's fine book Jacksonian Antislavery & the Politics of Free Soil, 1824-1854 to try to get more information on Thomas Morris's election to the Senate in 1833.Show More Summary

Celebrating Thomas Hamer

Over at Power Line, Paul Mirengoff has a short but delightful post Celebrating Thomas Hamer, the Ohio Congressman who got Hiram Ulysses Grant Ulysses S. Grant into West Point. I am, however, going to have to go back and check one point...Show More Summary

Did a Convert to Judaism Almost Become Emperor of Rome 200 Years Before Constantine?

95 AD marked the fourteenth year of the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian. At 43 years of age (born in 51 AD), he was hardly an old man, but lifespans were short and death always close in the ancient world. Domitian himself had ascended the throne in 81 AD when his older brother Titus died unexpectedly of a fever at the age of 41. Show More Summary

Edmund Randoph's Opinion on the Recess Appointments Clause

As you may have heard, the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia recently used originalist analysis to hold that recess appointments that President Obama made to the NLRB violated the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution. Show More Summary

Why Didn't Constantius II Eat Fruit?

It is a terrible irony that, days after the tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz, JSTOR for the first time made articles from its catalog of academic journals available to the general public, at least on a limited basis. In brief, membersShow More Summary

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