Federal-State Negotiations over Federal Enclaves in the Early Republic


This article examines practical solutions arrived at by the federal and state governments in resolving early interpretive issues that arose under Article I's "Enclave Clause." Focusing on the federal government's creation of federal "enclaves" for use in a national lighthouse system, the article compares these politically-based solutions with the later development of Supreme Court "Enclave Clause" jurisprudence.


Constitutional Law | Legal History | Property Law and Real Estate

Date of this Version

March 2005