Joseph Story: “Privileges of Citizens—Fugitives—Slaves”


The fourth article of the constitution contains several important provisions, some of which have been already considered. Among these are, the faith and credit to be given to state acts, records, and judgments, and the mode of proving them, and the effect thereof; the admission of new states into the Union; and the regulation and disposal of the territory, and other property of the United States. We shall now proceed to those, which still remain for examination.

The first is, “The citizens of each state” shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of “citizens in the several...

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