The Kentucky Resolutions Of 1798; An Historical Study

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byEthelbert Dudley Warfield

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VII. THE DOCTRINES AND EFFECTS OF THE RESOLUTIONS. The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 were of the nature of a political manifesto, and as such incurred a danger which frequently attaches to such fulminations. They did not contemplate immediate action, and so wanted that restraint which the very nature of the case imposes upon all declarations which are intended to be acted on at once, or to become a rule of conduct. While they were meant to express the sentiments of the Kentucky people, they were also intended to invite cooperation and gauge the political feeling throughout the country. These circumstances did not invite a calm and equable statement of an exact and well-defined policy, nor a strict limitation of every expression to the measure of action for which the declarants were prepared. On the contrary every circumstance seems to show that they were tempted to go very far in bold declarations which they trusted they might never have to redeem in deeds. Thus their platform, for it was very like a party platform, naturally tended to present a maximum policy, and to declare a willingness to go to the greatest length to which they could possibly be driven. In adopting this line of action the desired result was probably attained,--for it is not possible to believe that they then expected to have to resort to the extreme measures threatened ; but they left a dangerous inheritance to posterity. For, as the first great party utterance, it was only natural that these resolutions should become an authoritative formula of party faith; and being generalizations open, in many points, to widely different constructions, so soon as profession began to turn into practice they provoked dissensions, and like all radical professions of faith, dissensions produced parties ready ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VII. THE DOCTRINES AND EFFECTS OF THE RESOLUTIONS. The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 were of the nature of a political manifesto, and ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021759221X

ISBN - 13:9780217592215

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