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Sovereignty and the Constitution: Government as Agent of the People of the States

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In the American system, the people of the several states are sovereign, meaning they hold final or ultimate authority. Power flows from them to the federal government, which merely serves as their agent.

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James Iredell – North Carolina Ratifying Convention (24 Jul 1788)

Ratification of the Constitution by Virginia (26 June 1788)

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St. George Tucker – View of the Constitution of the United States (1803)

John Jay: An Address to the People of the State of New York (15 Apr 1788)

John Locke – Two Treatises §. 141

James Wilson – State House Yard Speech (6 Oct 1787)

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Mercy Otis Warren – Observations on the New Constitution (1788)

John Hancock – Massachusetts Ratifying Convention (6 Feb 1788)


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