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Why?—The Europeans believe that liberty is promoted by depriving the social
authority of some of its rights; the Americans, by dividing its exercise.—Almost all
the administration confined to the township, and divided among the town officers.
Local authority has been carried to lengths which no European nation could
endure without great inconvenience, and which have even produced some
disadvantageous consequences in America. But in the United States the
centralization of ...
I HAVE thought it essential to devote a separate chapter to the judicial authorities
of the United States, lest their great political importance should be lessened in
the reader's eyes by a merely incidental mention of them. Confederations have ...
As long, therefore, as a law is uncontested, the judicial authority is not called
upon to discuss it, and it may exist without being perceived. When a judge in a
given case attacks a law relating to that case, he extends the circle of his
But all the States which I have considered as independent are forced to submit, in
certain cases, to the supreme authority of the Union. The time is now come for me
to examine the partial sovereignty which has been conceded to the Union, ...
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The social state of these tribes differed also in many respects from all that was seen in the Old World. They seemed to have multiplied freely in the midst of their deserts, without coming in contact with other races more civilized than their own.