Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the Young Republic (review)

Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the... how different ethnic currents eddied and streamed together to beget mongrel cultural traditions in the early national United States. Da rcy R . Fr yer teaches U.S., early modern, and Atlantic world history at the Brearley School in New York City. She is working on a book manuscript on the creolization of the eighteenth-century South Carolina lowcountry gentry. Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the Young Republic. By Richard E. Ellis. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. 280. Cloth, $29.95.) Reviewed by Erik J. Chaput Richard E. Ellis's previous works on judicial politics in the early republic and states'-rights ideology during the Jacksonian era have become staples for scholars working in the periods.1 With his new book, Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the Young Republic, Ellis demonstrates once again his ability to present a well-balanced yet distinctive point of view on a subject of crucial importance for understanding early America. While Ellis recognizes that McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) ``has become the foundational statement for a strong and active central government and the broadening of its powers,'' the opinion was also ``contrived, inadequate, and misleading http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the Young Republic (review)

Journal of the Early Republic, Volume 29 (1) – Feb 27, 2009

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how different ethnic currents eddied and streamed together to beget mongrel cultural traditions in the early national United States. Da rcy R . Fr yer teaches U.S., early modern, and Atlantic world history at the Brearley School in New York City. She is working on a book manuscript on the creolization of the eighteenth-century South Carolina lowcountry gentry. Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the Young Republic. By Richard E. Ellis. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. 280. Cloth, $29.95.) Reviewed by Erik J. Chaput Richard E. Ellis's previous works on judicial politics in the early republic and states'-rights ideology during the Jacksonian era have become staples for scholars working in the periods.1 With his new book, Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the Young Republic, Ellis demonstrates once again his ability to present a well-balanced yet distinctive point of view on a subject of crucial importance for understanding early America. While Ellis recognizes that McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) ``has become the foundational statement for a strong and active central government and the broadening of its powers,'' the opinion was also ``contrived, inadequate, and misleading

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Published: Feb 27, 2009

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