Alla ricerca di una più perfetta Unione. Convenzioni e Costituzioni negli Stati Uniti della prima metà dell'800.

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] In search of a more perfect union. Conventions and Constitutions in the United States of the first half of the 19th century.

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] Although the federative system of the United States is a relatively young political reality, its constitutional experience has literally paved the way for liberal models of the old continent. Generally attributed to the constituent of Philadelphia, the overseas constitutional turning point finds its true protagonists in the constitutions of the first state governments. And it is moreover always the state dimension that must be looked at in order to identify the inclusion in a fundamental law of the principle of constitutional revision, as well as the systematic implementation of this principle through the convocation of conventions dedicated to the purpose. At the time an entirely innovative institutional instrument, as a constitutional review assembly, the convention proved to be fundamental to achieving the "most perfect Union" advocated by the Philadelphia Charter but, to date, has been exclusively used by the member states of the Federation. The present volume intends to analyze the procedural dynamics and the issues addressed by the constitutional state review in the so-called antebellum period in order to reconstruct the state contribution to the improvement of the federal Union. This improvement directly involved the problem of political representation, a question certainly widespread within the Federation, but particularly controversial within the borders of the Southern region, and a large part of the study is dedicated to this reality, not surprisingly. In the light of a political context punctuated by a series of periodic federal crises centered on the slave issue, the nineteenth-century constitutional developments of the southern states become the starting point for a more general reflection on the dynamics of secession, certainly moved by political variables but also inscribed in a consolidated institutional tradition.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] In search of a more perfect union. Conventions and Constitutions in the United States of the first half of the 19th century.
Original languageItalian
PublisherFranco Angeli
Number of pages287
ISBN (Print)978-88-568-4880-9
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

Namestoria

Keywords

  • 19th Century
  • Constitutional History
  • Convention
  • Convenzione
  • Costituzione
  • Stati Uniti
  • Storia
  • United States
  • XIX secolo

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