Episode 28,

States' Rights

Dan T. Carter, Heather Gerken & Justene Hill

The tension between the States and the Federal Government animates American History from the Constitutional Convention to Charlottesville.

 The tension between the States and the Federal Government animates American History from the Constitutional Convention to Charlottesville. In the next Truth Politics and Power, host Neal Conan traces the political history of States’ Rights which turns again and again on the issue of race, from the fugitive slave law of 1792 through the Civil War and on into the Twentieth Century, where the term became a code word for Jim Crow racism. Plus a look at how both left and right use the States Rights playbook today, on issues including marijuana, abortion and same sex marriage.


Dan T. Carter Before his retirement in 2007, Professor Dan Carter taught United States History and has a special interest in national 20th century politics and the post-Civil War American South. Dr. Carter has taught the US Since 1877 survey, the history of the New South, and courses on documentary films as well as the making of Southern culture. He has also taught graduate courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction,  20th century US history and the post civil-war South. His publications include: Scottsboro: a Tragedy of the American South; When the War Was Over: the Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867; The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics, and From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution, 1963-1994.






Heather Gerken is the Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Dean Gerken is one of the country’s leading experts on constitutional law and election law. A founder of the “nationalist school” of federalism, her work focuses on federalism, diversity, and dissent



Justene G. Hill is a scholar of African-American history, specializing in the history of slavery in the United States at the University of Virginia.  Her book project, Black Markets: The Slaves’ Economy and Plantation Capitalism in South Carolina, interrogates the relationship between slave economies and plantation capitalism in South Carolina between the American Revolution and the Civil War.