Now, this struck me as being a states rights plea, and as far as our domestic policy goes, I am a pretty liberal guy.
Schoolboys knew all about the Missouri Compromise, the fugitive slave law, and states rights.
Only a states rights ticket was presented, for which nine thousand two hundred and forty-four votes were cast.
Mr. Lewis belongs to the states rights school of politicians, and never had a cause a more fervid advocate.
Another weakness lay in the fact that the provisional army, in so far as one existed, was formed on the states rights plan.
He was a politician of the states rights School, unbending and unyielding in his faith and tenacious of its minutest points.
As was to be expected, he had no regard whatever for states rights.
His eloquence was then mute—we heard nothing about states rights, spectres, and sedition laws.
The first, who in the sequel were known as states rights men, were also the advocates of paper money.
The states rights men took this for an intentional insult and marched upon the town.
Rights guaranteed to the states under the principle of federalism. Under the Constitution, states have considerable autonomy to pass, enforce, and interpret their own laws and to pursue their own public policy programs. Proponents of states' rights argue that the states should be governed with a minimum of interference from the federal government.
Note: The relationship between federal and state responsibilities has often been controversial. Until the middle of the twentieth century, for example, the Supreme Court left the interpretation of many civil rights guarantees to the states, resulting in hostile and widespread discrimination against minorities.