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The Constitution of EmpireTerritorial Expansion and American Legal History$
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Gary Lawson and Guy Seidman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102314

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102314.001.0001

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Introduction: From Sea to Shining Sea … and Beyond

Introduction: From Sea to Shining Sea … and Beyond

(p.1) Introduction: From Sea to Shining Sea … and Beyond
The Constitution of Empire

Gary Lawson

Guy Seidman

Yale University Press

This chapter aims to answer whether the United States expansion is pursuant to or outside the bounds of the constitution that James Madison and Nathaniel Gorham drafted, and also seeks to answer Gorham's question of whether the United States has endured as the same nation which he and Madison helped construct. It also examines whether President Thomas Jefferson's effervescent attitude toward the constitution to accommodate empire is justified.

Keywords:   United States expansion, constitution, United States, James Madison, Nathaniel Gorham, Thomas Jefferson

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