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
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Feb 27, 2009
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