constitutional history

James Wilson’s View on Oaths

James Madison’s notes from July 23, 1787 at the Constitutional Convention feature a report on various views on proposals to require an “oath to support the articles of the Union.” When Madison turned to the views of James Wilson, Madson recounted that Wilson considered them as a “left-handed security only.” What ever does that phrase

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