Podcast Episode 228: Can the General Government Use Force to “Guarantee” a Republican Government?

A couple of listeners sent two very good questions over the last week. The first asked if the “guarantee clause” in the Constitution authorizes the general government to use force in the event that a State alters its government from a republican form. The second wondered if the founding generation had differing views on the power of the general government in relation to slavery in the territories. Both questions seem unrelated, but they are, in fact, fundamental to antebellum constitutional disputes. I discuss both in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

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