Influence of the Resolutions

  • William J. WatkinsJr.


The Federalist party withered and died in the years after the Revolution of 1800. High Federalism was throughly discredited and the Principles of 1798 were embraced by Republicans across the nation. But the death of the party of Hamilton and Pickering did not mean an end to conflict between the states and national government. The two legislative sovereigns continued to clash over the extent of the delegated powers. In these situations, the Resolutions were often quoted and put forth as definitive authority. On other occasions, the Resolutions were not cited, but the words and actions of the states involved evinced an understanding of the concepts underlying the Resolutions.


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