Brown, Everett Somerville. Ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: State Convention Records and Laws. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1938. xi, 718 pp. Reprinted 2003 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 2002072857. ISBN 1-58477-278-6. Cloth. $125. * Enacted in 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment instituted prohibition. It was repealed in 1933 with the passage of the Twenty-First amendment. This book collects all available state records relating to the amendment's ratification by those state conventions. An invaluable assemblage of source documents that present an accurate history of the ratification of the Twenty-First amendment.
The United States Constitution has no specific grant to acquire territory, yet the U.S. has expanded from the East Coast to the West, from thirteen colonies to fifty states. One of the nation's most important-and very early-acquisitions was the Louisiana Purchase during Thomas Jefferson's presidential administration. In The Constitutional History of the Louisiana Purchase, author Everett Somerville Brown examines the legal aspects of this purchase and the constitutional interpretations the statesmen and legislators of the time developed as a consequence. Brown also looks at the Breckinridge Bill, which granted the president the power to appoint all government officials in the new territory; Jefferson's plans for the settlement of Louisiana; and the status of the inhabitants of the territory, with special emphasis on Native American and slavery issues.EVERETT SOMERVILLE BROWN (1886-1964) also authored William Plumer's Memorandum of Proceedings in the United States Senate 1803-1807 and Ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.