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The distinction between constitutions and statutes is a fundamental one in American constitutional law, but it is a matter of surprise that no one has yet attempted to discuss this distinction in its historical origins. Brinton Coxe in hisJudicial Power and Unconstitutional Legislationhas traced the development of the doctrine that statutes in conflict with the constitution may be declared invalid by the courts. Judge J. A. Jameson in hisTreatise on Constitutional Conventionshas given a briefdoi:10.2307/1944479 fatcat:52bvukyjwfeqncfmwt6t2gufda