“Foreign policy issues played a major role in calling the convention and would be important in the deliberations themselves. The fundamental question of the foreign policy powers to be assigned to each branch of government created ambiguities that have vexed the republic ever since.” –George Herring, From Colony to Superpower, p. 51
One of the best online resources for studying the U.S. Constitution comes from the University of Chicago and its online edition of the Founder’s Constitution. See the main Table of Contents for a general overview to their fine annotated, clause-by-clause presentation.
Students in History 282 should be especially familiar with these clauses:
- Article I, Section 8 (Commerce)
- Article I, Section 8 (Declare War)
- Article II, Section 2 (Advice and Consent)
- Article III, Section 3 (Treason)