A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Virginia Resolutions

Virginia Resolutions James Madison framed this document, which was adopted by the Va. legislature on 24 December 1798. The resolutions declared that states reserved the right to judge federal laws when they ratified the Constitution—which was characterized as a compact among the states—denounced the Alien and Sedition acts as unconstitutional, and declared that states may use interposition to stop the federal government from violating their citizens’ rights. It was supported by both Kentucky Resolutions.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Virginia Resolutions," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed April 23, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAH2W2ACE9JW6R3.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Virginia Resolutions." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 23 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAH2W2ACE9JW6R3.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Virginia Resolutions' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 23 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAH2W2ACE9JW6R3.