The Judicial Powers of the United States

The Eleventh Amendment in American History
Author(s): 
Orth, John V.
ISBN: 
0195040996
Date published: 
April 1987
Hardback
Price: 
£34.95
Pages: 
246

This book reconstructs the fascinating but obscure history of the Eleventh Amendment to the US Constitution, which limits the exercise of US judicial power when American states are sued. Its modern meaning was largely shaped around cases concerning the liability of Southern states to pay their debts during and after Reconstruction: by shielding states from liability, the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Eleventh Amendment eased the establishment of post-Reconstruction Southern society and left a maddeningly complicated law of federal jurisdiction.