Limits on States: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution

Limits on States: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution

by James McGoldrick


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Article 1, Section 10 contains the most significant limits on state power found in the main text of the U.S. Constitution. Chief Justice John Marshall, perhaps the most important Justice in U.S. history, used this provision a number of times in a number of significant decisions to limit state power. These decisions effectively enhanced the power of our new federalist form of government. This book delves into the modern issues pertaining to state limitations by tracing its history and looking at today's most important factors.

This work makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of the U.S. Constitution by detailing the most significant limits on state power. The many provisions studied in the book provide insights into the various aspects of constitutional interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313312335
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2005
Series: Reference Guides to the United States Constitution Series , #14
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

James M. McGoldrick Jr. is Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law where he has served for 33 years, also serving as Associate Dean during eight of those years. He began his career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the attorney general's Program for Honor Law Graduates, Antitrust division. He is a member of the California State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Foreword by Kenneth Starr

History and Introduction to Article I, Section 10

The Contract Clause

Bills of Attainder

Ex Post Facto Laws

The Non-Retroactive Provisions of Article I, Section 10

The Import and Export Clause

Interstate Compacts

Concluding Comments on Article I, Section 10

Bibliographical Essay

Table of Cases


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