http://constitutingamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/logo_web_white_280x62.png 0 0 Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie http://constitutingamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/logo_web_white_280x62.png Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie2013-04-24 07:00:362013-12-06 13:58:21Letter to Edward Everett by James Madison – Reprinted from The U.S. Constitution, A Reader, Published by Hillsdale College
In this 1830 response to Massachusetts statesman Edward Everett, Madison maintains that a state does not possess the authority to strike down as unconstitutional an act of the federal government. The contrary doctrine, known as nullification, would take on later significance.
August 28, 1830
I have duly received your letter in which you refer to the “nullifying doctrine,” advocated as a constitutional right by some of our distinguished fellow citizens; and to the proceedings of the Virginia Legislature in 98 and 99, as appealed to in behalf of that doctrine; and you express a wish for my ideas on those subjects. Read more