Classic Reprints, an imprint of Vance Publications, reprints old and rare books and journal articles that are considered profitable for scholarly research. Most of the works selected for reprint are from the nineteenth century, and have therefore been out of print for many years. All books and articles are digitally reproduced "as is"-- nothing has been altered or updated. The reader should note, however, that the quality of the finished copy ultimately depends on the quality of the original, which in some cases is a well-worn book or journal or a microfilm copy of the same. The opinions expressed by each individual author are not necessarily those of Vance Publications. All books are reproduced one original page per page (not two pages sideways) in a slightly enlarged 8.5 x 11 size. Books over 250 pages are bound with a hardcover binding and endsheets. Books under 250 pages are bound with a plastic comb binding. Either way, the title and author of the book appear on the spine.

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Classic Reprints No. 95
The Constitution of the Confederate States of America vs. The Constitution of the United States
1789, 1861
20 pages

The complete text of the Confederate Constitution and the U.S. Constitution in two parallel columns in order to facilitate comparison. Includes a brief preface highlighting the major differences between the two Constitutions.

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Classic Reprints No. 117
Civil Government: Its Origin, Mission, and Destiny, and the Christian's Relation to It
By David Lipscomb
158 pages

Originally published as a series of articles in the Gospel Advocate from 1866 to 1867, this is a very significant work on the Christian's relation to civil government by the prominent Church of Christ minister, David Lipscomb (1831-1917). Anticipating the arguments of modern libertarian political philosophers, Lipscomb presents a biblical view of a voluntary society. He questions the idea that governments are created for the public good, and argues that peaceful civilization is not dependent on the state. Christians should not participate in politics, but should attempt to persuade people to follow the laws of God rather than using force. This reprint edition includes a foreword by Professor Edward P. Stringham of San Jose State University.

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Classic Reprints No. 119
The Elements of Political Economy
By Francis Wayland
406 pages

Francis Wayland (1796-1865)—an author, a preacher, a teacher, a pastor, and an administrator—was also the author of a major work on economics. Wayland was equally an advocate of liberty, private property, and free trade and an opponent of war and government intervention in the economy. This edition of Wayland’s The Elements of Political Economy is an exact reproduction of the fourth and last edition of 1841. Although the type has been completely reset (except for the table of contents), this edition corresponds page-for-page with the original work. Wayland's original spelling has been retained. Nothing has been altered in any way except that the spaces originally inserted before periods, colons, semicolons, and dashes have been eliminated, as have the periods that appeared after titles, subtitles, and headings. This reprint edition includes a foreword by Laurence M. Vance, the editor of the Classic Reprints series and the director of the Francis Wayland Institute.

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Classic Reprints No. 120
A Brief Enquiry into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal Government: Being a Review of Judge Story's Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
Abel Upshur
132 pages

Virginian statesman and legal thinker Abel Upshur (1790-1844) was a defender of the Virginian states' rights school of constitutional interpretation. This long-forgotten work, an alternative to nationalist position of John Marshall and Joseph Story, is in the Jeffersonian tradition of John Taylor and St. George Tucker. Upshur's book is not only a point-by-point refutation of Justice Story's immortal Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States (1833), it is a defense of the compact theory that the United States consists of distinct sovereign peoples, organized into distinct states, as opposed to a single, aggregated people. This reprint edition includes a foreword by historian Thomas E. Woods of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.

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Classic Reprints No. 123
True Office of Civil Government
Gerrit Smith

30 pages

This is a reprint of the text of a speech delivered in Troy, New York, on April 14, 1851, and published soon afterward. Smith advocates a limited government that provides protection to its citizens from crimes—and nothing else. Among other things, he makes powerful arguments against slavery, public education, and tariffs.

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Classic Reprints No. 163
The Postal Power of Congress: A Study in Constitutional Expansion 
By Lindsay Rogers

191 pages


A dissertation submitted in 1915 to the Board of University Studies of The Johns Hopkins University in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The author states that his purpose is to "trace the legislative and judicial history of the grant to Congress of the power 'to establish postoffices and postroads,' and to discuss the constitutionality of the proposals that, under this clause, federal control may be extended to subjects over which Congress has no direct authority." A detailed and fascinating study of just how far from the Constitution the country has deviated.

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