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American Constitutional Law

BY

HENRY CAMPBELL BLACK, M. A.

Author of Black's Law Dictionary, and of Treatises on Judgments, Tax

Titles, Constitutional Prohibitions, Etc.

SECOND EDITION,

St. Paul, Minn.
WEST PUBLISHING CO.

1897

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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION,

The first edition of this work having been received with such a gratifying degree of favor by the profession as to exhaust the edition within a comparatively short time after its publication, the author has taken advantage of the opportunity to subject the whole book to a thorough revision. Much new matter has been added, many interesting topics of constitutional law have been more elaborately de veloped, and suitable reference has been made to the doctrines of the latest and most important decisions. This has resulted in enlarging the book by about eighty pages, but without changing its general plan or scope. It is hoped that it may now enter upon a new and more widely extended career of usefulness.

H. C. B. Washington, D. C., June, 1897.

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION,

This book is intended primarily for the use of students at law and instructors in the law schools and universities. It contains a condensed review of all the leading principles and settled doctrines of American constitutional law, whether arising under the federal constitution or those of the individual states. These principles and doctrines are stated in the form of a series of brief rules, or proposi. tions, numbered consecutively throughout the book, and are explained, amplified, and illustrated in the subsidiary text, aad supported by the citation of pertinent authorities. The necessary limitation of space, as well as the purpose and plan of the work, have precluded any attempt at exhaustive discussion or minute elaboration of the great topics of constitutional law. But the book is believed to be comprehensive of the general subject and sufficiently detailed to

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