Notes on the Commerce Clause: Madison at the 1787 Convention

CONVENTION OF 1787. Farrand, Max, ed. The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787.

The want of authy. in Congs. to regulate Commerce had produced in Foreign nations particularly G. B. a monopolizing policy injurious to the trade of the U. S. and destructive to their navigation; the imbecility and anticipated dissolution of the Confederacy extinguishg. all apprehensions of a Countervailing policy on the part of the U. States.

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Blueprint to resist criminal judges

“Judge Miller is an Old Granny and a miserable doughface. Be prepared to resist, even at the expense of life, the encroachment of this sum of all villainies.” This text is from a resolution passed by the city of Oakland Wisc. in 1855 after the jury found abolitionist Sherman Booth guilty of violating the Fugitive…

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Blueprint for Sucess: Abolitionist Nullifiers

On May 21, 1855, a very important anti-slavery nullification law was signed into law in Massachusetts. Although mainstream history books  typically glossed this important bill, it remains prescient in today’s world where federal overreach is at an all-time high. It is more important than ever to follow in the heroic footsteps of Massachusetts and other northern states that appropriately used state-level non-compliance to protect freedom and prevent injustice.

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The Massachusetts Personal Liberty Law of 1855: Lessons for Today

After an infamous Supreme Court opinion which claimed that the Federal Fugitive Slave Act precluded a Pennsylvania state law that prohibited blacks from being taken out of Pennsylvania into slavery, the state of Massachusetts passed a personal liberty law on May 21, 1855.

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Abolitionist and Nullifier

Most people don’t realize that prominent abolitionists like John Greenleaf Whittier came out publicly as nullification supporters in the 1850s. This was in regards to the Fugitive Slave Act. Crushes the idea that nullification = racist, doesn’t it? That’s probably why the government schools will never teach you this.

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