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A look at the first Chief Justice, John Jay

• National Constitution Center
.... Jay endorsed the federalist view that the states were subordinate to the federal government: he wrote that “the people are the sovereign of this country” and that Georgia wasn’t a sovereign when it came to lawsuits like this one.

The decision provoked a backlash against nationalist sentiment and was the first Court decision overturned by a constitutional amendment.  ...

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