States' rights refers to the historic rights of the several states in their relationship with the federal government. The concept of states' rights, and their alleged violations at the hands of the federal government, was a central dynamic leading up to the Civil War. There, the Confederacy believed that the Union abridged the rights of the southern states by seeking to end slavery, among other things.
Both Republicans and Democrats tend to support states' rights when the opposing side is in charge of the federal government.
- MSSA v. Holder - Montana and Second Amendment States' Rights groups versus Eric Holder
- McCulloch v. Maryland
- Tenth Amendment and Tenth Amendment Center
- Second Amendment
- Commerce Clause
- Negative Commerce Clause
- Supremacy Clause
- Necessary and Proper Clause
- General Welfare Clause
- Local government
Bibliography - Further Reading
- Kilpatrick, James J., The Sovereign States: Notes of a Citizen of Virginia. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, (1957); Conservative pro-states' rights book
- Party, Boston T., Molon Labe!. Wyoming American Redoubt Javelin Press, 30 January 2004, 454 pp (first edition, paperback), ISBN 1-888766-07-7 - Conservative Christian Libertarian dystopian fiction novel entirely based around the issue of States' rights and the Tenth Amendment's connection with the Second Amendment right to armed citizen defense against federal tyranny.
- SoRelle, Mallory E.; Walker, Alexis N. (June 23, 2017). Both Democrats and Republicans care about ‘states’ rights’ — when it suits them. The Washington Post. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
- Tenth Amendment Center The Tenth Amendment Center works to preserve and protect Tenth Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of states’ rights issues, focusing primarily on the decentralization of federal government power.
- Missouri Sovereignty Project "Institutionalizing" the 10th Amendment into the populace and political fabrics of Missouri.
- States' Rights in Encyclopedia Virginia
- A copy of transcript of Florida's 1957 Interposition Resolution, made available for public use by the State Archives of Florida