Has Article Four, Section Four of the US Constitution ever been explicitly invoked?
November 2, 2010 6:39 AM Subscribe
Has Article Four of the US Constitution ever been explicitly invoked to justify state violence or state action against American citizens?
posted by synecdoche to law & government (11 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm fascinated by Article Four of the US Constitution and in particular section four:
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.
I'm trying to find cases where this has been invoked by government, particular in cases of domestic uprisings (riots, protest, et cetera). Wikipedia mentions that it was discussed during the 1967 Detroit Riots, but that's all. I'm especially interested in antebellum examples, if there are any.
And, sub-question: any recommendations for good books or articles that address this section in particular? I have full access to an academic library, including online journal databases. I fear no scholarly sources.