In January 1830, a debate on the nature of sovereignty in the American federal union occurred in the United States Senate between Senators Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and Robert Hayne of South Carolina. This debate exposed the critically different understandings of the nature of the American union that, by 1830, had developed between the North and the South and would ultimately lead to civil war in 1861.
Stefan Brooks is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lindsey Wilson College. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 2006. He has published many articles on American politics, foreign policy, world politics and Middle Eastern politics for ABC-CLIO.
Chapter 1 Chapter One:The Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution Chapter 2 Chapter Two:The Webster-Hayne Debate Chapter 3 Chapter Three:The Nature of Sovereignty in the Union: Popular Sovereignty Contrasted with State Sovereignty Chapter 4 Chapter Four: Madison and the Legacy of Union