states' rights

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a doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states

the rights conceded to the states by the United States constitution

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In the end, the new Confederate government turned out to be more authoritarian than the states' rights stereotype suggests.
States continued to recognize coastal states' right to protect waters extending from their coasts, despite widespread acceptance of the freedom of the high seas.
The "Gay Rights, States' Rights" panel, moderated by Texas Tribune News Editor Corrie MacLaggan, featured state Reps.
* States' rights: At the heart of the case is a tug of war between the 14th Amendment's guarantees of due process and equal protection, and the rights of states to make their own laws.
"The threat of federal regulation usurping state regulation and states' rights has never been stronger.
The book analyzes Reagan's rhetoric through three case studies: a speech where he mentions states' rights at the 1980 Neshoba County (MS) Fair, his rhetoric about Vietnam, and his response to the Iran-Contra affair.
But the debunkers are wrong, both about the states' rights argument and in claiming that Cuomo and Obama cannot be compared.
This play recalls the early days of the war, when tensions over slavery and states' rights led to bloodshed.
senators from Utah will soon be receiving grades from their state political parties and legislative caucuses back home on their performance on states' rights. Senator Howard Stephenson's bill authorizes political parties to change their bylaws to require U.S.
Then came this kicker, as Krugman charged that GOP godfather, Ronald Reagan, who "began his political career by campaigning against California's Fair Housing Act, started his 1980 campaign with a speech supporting states' rights delivered just outside Philadelphia, Miss., where three civil rights workers were murdered."
Courts in Maine and Tennessee upheld those states' rights to regulate beverage alcohol.
For example, Rosen casts Thomas Jefferson as John Marshall's aloof and abstracted executive-branch foil, arguing that Jefferson's overcommitment to states' rights led him to flail ineffectively at Marshall's federalizing jurisprudence.
Democracy and the Constitution is a compilation of essays by scholar and historian Walter Berns (recipient of the 2005 National Humanities Medal) concerning such issues as natural law, civil rights, states' rights, multiculturalism, patriotism, the First Amendment, the role of academic and religious institutions, and especially, a solid defense of the strengths of the American Constitution as a governing and socially binding document.
Mostly, in years past, historians have blamed factors such as economic competition and states' rights; slavery, most held, was too simplistic a cause.
Roberts, long thought to be a states' rights advocate, may be forced to rethink such matters.