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AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW.
CARL EVANS BOYD, PH.D.
NOV 28 1939
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1898,
By CALLAGHAN & COMPANY, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.
In making this collection of cases, it was not my purpose to attempt to rival the notable collection of Professor Thayer. I have had the more modest design of bringing together within the compass of a single volume a sufficient number of the leading decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States on constitutional law to form the basis of a university course in that subject. The so-called "case system” of study is applied to almost all branches of the law, but its application to constitutional law has been retarded by the obvious impracticability of referring a class to the original reports and by the want of a suitable case book of moderate size. It is to meet such requirements that this collection has been formed.
A work of this kind is necessarily a compromise between the desirable and the attainable. The exigencies of space have compelled me to exclude numerous instructive decisions which many persons may expect to find and which I would have been glad to print. For the further economy of space, arguments have been omitted and the notes are few. It seemed that the pages required for these features could be more profitably devoted to decisions which must otherwise be excluded.
As to the text of the cases, all the decisions from December Term, 1855, (18 Howard), have been taken from the official reports. Cases decided before 18 Howard are taken from Curtis' Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. The cases are reprinted verbatim et literatim except that certain parts, particularly statements of facts, have been shortened, and matter not necessary