Quoting Braun Brelin (bbrelin at gmail.com):
> It's not as dubious as you think. If you look back at the history of
> the United States, the indivual states had far more power in the 19th
> century than they do today. For instance, today, U.S. Supreme Court
> rulings are binding on all 50 states and various territories of the
> United States, this wasn't historically true. Many states (and
> executive branch authorities) ignored the Supreme Court if it
> conflicted with their wishes, desires and laws.
I don't think that's quite right. Pre-1868, the US Supreme Court had
full appellate review over any state case concerning a "Federal
question", that term's scope being constitutionally defined; pretty
narrowly at that. They resisted that jurisdiction at their peril, and
rarely. The big change occurred when the 14th Amendment's equal
protection and due process clauses caused the Court to rule, over
many decades, that various Bill of Rights restrictions on the Feds newly
applied to state governments, too.
> It's only because the North won that the history books were written so
> as to cast the U.S. Civil War as a war to free slaves.
Those books have been rewritten a few times, I would say, to suit
current academic fads and historian hobbyhorses.
I'm still eagerly awaiting the Freudians having a go. Then, maybe
 "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the
privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any
State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due
process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal
protection of the laws."
This was back when the ruling Republican Party had not yet misplaced all
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