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Author Hoffer, Peter Charles, 1944- author.

Title Rutgers v. Waddington : Alexander Hamilton, the End of the War for Independence, and the Origins of Judicial Review / Peter Charles Hoffer.

Publication Info. Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2016]


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 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  346.747036 H675r 2016    ---  Available
 FSCC Non-Fiction  346.747036 H675r 2016    ---  Available
Description xii, 152 pages ; 23 cm.
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Series Landmark law cases & American society
Landmark law cases & American society.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-145) and index.
Contents The first American civil war -- Laws and lawyers for a revolutionary republic -- Rutgers v. Waddington in the mayor's court -- "A cause of national significance" -- The many legacies of Rutgers.
Summary "Once the dust of the Revolution settled, the problem of reconciling the erstwhile warring factions arose, and as is often the case in the aftermath of violent revolutions, the matter made its way into the legal arena. Rutgers v. Waddington was such a case. Through this little-known but remarkable dispute over back rent for a burned-down brewery, Peter Charles Hoffer recounts a tale of political and constitutional intrigue involving some of the most important actors in America's transition from a confederation of states under the Articles of Confederation to a national republic under the U.S. Constitution. At the end of the Revolution, the widow Rutgers and her sons returned to the brewery theyd abandoned when the British had occupied New York. They demanded rent from Waddington, the loyalist who had rented the facility under the British occupation. Under a punitive New York state law, the loyalist Waddington was liable. But the peace treaty's provisions protecting loyalists' property rights said otherwise. Appearing for the defendants was war veteran, future Federalist, and first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton. And, as always, lurking in the background was the estimable Aaron Burr. As Hoffer details Hamilton's arguments for the supremacy of treaty law over state law, the significance of Rutgers v. Waddington in the development of a strong central government emerges clearly--as does the role of the courts in bridging the young nation's divisions in the Revolution's wake. Rutgers v. Waddington illustrates a foundational moment in American history. As such, it is an encapsulation of a society riven by war, buffeted by revolutionary change attempting to piece together the true meaning of, in John Adams' formulation, 'rule by law, and not by men.'"--Publisher description.
Subject Rutgers, Elizabeth -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Waddington, Joshua -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804.
Military occupation damages -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 18th century.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Claims.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Law and legislation -- History -- 18th century.
Treaty-making power -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Indexed Term Rutgers v. Waddington (New York Mayor's Court, 1784)
ISBN 9780700622047 (cloth : alk. paper)
0700622047 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780700622054 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0700622055 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780700622061 (ebook)

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