Posted by Francisco Rubio Llorente on November 07, 1998 at 00:44:40:
In Reply to: Re: United States singular, United States of America plural posted by Jean Monnet on November 07, 1998 at 00:10:40:
: Here is a link which talks about the effects a constitution has on States.
: : Come on now: 1803?
: : I thought Martin was talking about present tense United States 1861-1998, not the Republic of 1789-1861?
: : "United States" sounds like a title to me, a singular fiction.
: : Can someone explain the uppercase "U" in United States as would have been used in a plural United States? Must be a reason.
: : In 1803 the States had inherent war power in the form of Militias at that point in time. I have Fed. legal info. saying otherwise but the ability to wage war was quite evident in the Civil War.
: : There was also the singular United States Gov. which made treaties + declared war.
: : : And the "several" States is synonymous with
: : : the "federal" States.
: : Please explian the above statement further.
: : Federal is singular. Federation would be plural.
: : : “[...] the citizens of each State shall be
: : : entitled to all the privileges and immunities
: : : of citizens in the federal States, [...]”
: : : Annals of Congress, 8th Cong., Senate,
: : : The Louisiana Treaty, p. 51, November, 1803.
: : : The "several" States are the States in their
: : : confederated capacity, i.e., the United States
: : : of America as styled in the Articles of
: : : Confederation and often referred to in
: : : historical documents as "confederated states".
: : :
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