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Tucker, John Randolph:

ADDRESS...DELIVERED BEFORE THE PHOENIX AND PHILOMATHEAN SOCIETIES, OF WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE, ON THE 3D OF JULY, 1854.

Wynne, Richmond: 1854 Original printed wrappers, stitched, 27pp. Light wear, scattered foxing. Very Good. Inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper, "Powhatan Ellis Jr. from his friend J.R. Tucker." Tucker was a State-Rights Democrat, lawyer, and law professor who would become Virginia's Attorney General. After the War, "he appeared before the federal Supreme Court oftener, with one exception, than any other Virginian during this period"; though a strict constructionist, he represented the Chicago anarchists there [DAB]. He became President of the American Bar Association and wrote "the ablest treatise on the Constitution from the standpoint of the strict constructionist school" [Marke 404] . Here he elegantly presents "the Virginia Idea: Every man is a Sovereign. Society is a league, based upon compact, actual or supposed, between individuals. Government is their joint agent." As Man precedes Government, the "idea, that a man derives any rights, or can look for any, from government, is an exotic, reared in the hot-houses of monarchical systems." He argues that a constitutional republic is consistent with negro slavery; denounces "miserable excrescences of a pseudo-Democracy" and the egalitarianism of the Republicans, who propose "the equality of the two races"; and insists that, "The negro slave is a higher being than the negro freeman." FIRST EDITION. Haynes 18705. LCP 10473. Cohen 10054. Not in Sabin, Swem, Harv. Law Cat., Marke, Eberstadt, Decker, Blockson, Work.


Book Id: 11220

Price: $500.00

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