By John V. Orth
Even if lower than fifty phrases lengthy, the which means of the likely uncomplicated 11th modification has afflicted the ultimate courtroom at the most important issues in American historical past and keeps to spur sharp debate in present-day courts. the 1st modification followed after the invoice of Rights, the 11th modification limits the workout of U.S. judicial strength while American states are sued. Its smooth that means used to be mostly formed round instances about the legal responsibility of Southern states to pay their accounts in the course of and after Reconstruction; by way of protective states from legal responsibility, the splendid Court's interpretation of the 11th modification eased the institution of post-Reconstruction Southern society and left a maddeningly complex legislations of federal jurisdiction. the following, Orth reconstructs the interesting yet imprecise heritage of the 11th Amendment--the labyrinth of felony doctrine, the industrial reasons and effects, the political context, and the legacy of the past--over the final centuries. utilizing costs from Wordsworth, Shaw, Mark Twain, Margaret Mitchell, and different writers to elucidate and invigorate his narrative, Orth ultimately makes obtainable a big yet advanced slice of constitutional history.
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