The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

of 'a complete Federal system'." The chapter also makes a strong
case against state sovereignty and points out that autonomy in
police power was regarded as sovereignty. The discussion of the
ordinances of 1784 and 1787 is very good, as is also the treat-
ment of the problems of coercive power, control of revenue, and
control of commerce.
Part Three is entitled "The Establishment of the Constitu-
tion" and covers in the remaining seven chapters the era from
1789 to 1826, during which the Supreme Court in a galaxy of
decisions beginning with Marbury v. Madison (1803) aided the
movement for national supremacy. The subject of judicial review
receives a very instructive discussion (pp. 279-283), and includes
Associate Justice William Paterson's opinion on the duty of the
Supreme Court to declare void "a legislative act [which] oppugns
a constitutional principle." Other vital topics discussed in Part
Three are the doctrine of implied powers, the vindication of
coercive power, the formulation of the compact theory, the im-
peachment of the Federal judiciary, the problems connected with
the Louisiana Purchase, the relation between the Federal authority
and State's rights as accentuated by the War of 1812, the United
States Bank, internal improvements, and the question of appellate
jurisdiction. Ample references to cases decided by the Supreme
Court on these points are given.
The list of references (pp. 381-397) indicates a very extensive
research and assists in stamping the book as a very valuable con-
tribution to the subject of our country's constitutional develop-
ment. The index (pp. 399-417) is adequate and workable. The
quality of this first volume inspires the wish that the second
volume may soon appear.
R. L. BIsLEs .
The University of Texas.
Joseph E. Brown and the Confederacy. By Louise Biles Hill,
Ph. D. (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina
Press, 1939. Pp. xii, 360. $3.50.)
Although every writer who has tried to tell the tragic story of
the Southern Confederacy has had something to say about the
stubborn and disputatious attitude which Governor "Joe" Brown
of Georgia displayed toward Jefferson Davis and other Confederate

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