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Quote from John C. Calhoun,

"It is federal, because it is the government of States united in a political union, in contradistinction to a government of individuals, that is, by what is usually called, a social compact. To express it more concisely, it is federal and not national because it is the government of a community of States, and not the government of a single State or Nation."


John C. Calhoun (more quotes by John C. Calhoun or books by/about John C. Calhoun)

(1782-1850) American statesman


1850, John C. Calhoun's essay entitled A Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States


Constitution, Federalism, Sovereignty


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