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By Peter Kastor

ISBN-10: 0872899209

ISBN-13: 9780872899209

How do you govern humans in a overseas land? How do you govern while the folks problem the govt. imposed upon them? How do you reply to that resistance if you are devoted to making new freedoms for the folks? In America's fight with Empire, historian Peter Kastor has rigorously compiled and edited a different rfile assortment that explores how americans have addressed those advanced concerns through the years. Drawing from quite a lot of basic resources, this interesting new reference brings exceptional concentration to the heritage of U.S. makes an attempt to control overseas territories and noncitizens. With the aid of introductory essays and explanatory headnotes, the quantity examines how those encounters were considered by way of american citizens, and the way they've got formed the connection among the USA and the remainder of the realm.

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TRACY) from the trouble he was so good as to give himself yesterday in assisting to amend this bill, would have voted for it; but it seems he is constrained to vote to-day against it. He asks, if the United States have power to acquire and add new States to the Union, can they not also cede States? . I answer they cannot; but for none of the reasons assigned by him. The Government of the United States cannot . . because, first, it would be annihilating part of that sovereignty of the nation which is whole and entire, and upon which the Government of the United States is dependant for its existence; and secondly, because the fourth section of the fourth article of the Constitution forbids it.

And whereas in pursuance of the Treaty and particularly of the third article the French Republic has an incontestible title to the domain and to the possession of the said Territory—The First Consul of the French Republic desiring to give to the United States a strong proof of his friendship doth hereby cede to the United States in the name of the French Republic for ever and in full Sovereignty the said territory with all its rights and appurtenances as fully and in the Same manner as they have been acquired by the French Republic in virtue of the above mentioned Treaty concluded with his Catholic Majesty.

I believe it will be the greatest curse that could at present befall us; it may be productive of innumerable evils, and especially of one that I fear even to look upon. Gentlemen on all sides, with very few exceptions, agree that the settlement of this country will be highly injurious and dangerous to the United States . . The gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. COCKE) has shown his usual candor on this subject, and I believe with him, to use his strong language, that you had as well pretend to inhibit the fish from swimming in the sea as to prevent the population of that country after its sovereignty shall become ours .

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