REVIEWS States constitutional and legal history, such critiques appear largely as a twentieth-century phenomenon. Volk's book makes a key contribution to a growing body of scholarship exploring historical and contemporary understandings of majority rule and the problems it poses to discreet minorities, such as legal scholar Lani Guinier's The Tyranny of the Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy (New York, 1994); legal historian Mark A. Graber's Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil (New York, 2006); and historian James H. Read's Majority Rule versus Consensus: The Political Thought of John C. Calhoun (Lawrence, KS, 2009). Moral Minorities is must reading for historians of the antebellum period, those interested in the cultural and popular sources of American political development, and U.S. legal and constitutional scholars and historians. Ma rk M. Car rol l is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Homesteads Ungovernable: Families, Sex, Race, and the Law in Frontier Texas, 18231860 (Austin, TX, 2001). He is currently working on a book project tentatively entitled ``Civilization and Transgression: Evangelicalism, Gender Legalities, and the Rise of White Man's Democracy in St. Louis, 18041837.'' Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic
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