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This chapter examines constitutional developments during the period from the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson through Reconstruction. It begins with an overview of the tension between constitutional politics and constitutional law before turning to a discussion of constitutional issues in the Jacksonian Era, with particular emphasis on the constitutional politics of state rights, Jackson’s increased power, equal rights and democracy, how the Supreme Court addressed constitutional issues of the period, and constitutional issues of slavery. It then explores constitutional issues during the Civil War by tackling ones related to secession, civil liberties and emancipation under the administration of Abraham Lincoln, and the accretion of federal power. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the constitutional issues during Reconstruction, focusing on efforts to restore the Southern states to normal relations in the Union, instability in the South and federal protection of rights, and the role of the Supreme Court.

Keywords: Andrew Jackson, Reconstruction, constitutional politics, constitutional law, equal rights, democracy, Supreme Court, slavery, Civil War, civil liberties

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