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Bonus Episode: The Militia and Naval Acts

We return with a “lost” episode about how early Congresses filled in details that the Constitution left open. The Militia Acts strike a delicate balance between the state and federal governments and fail utterly to create a trained militia, so Congress and the Supreme Court decide to pretend the Militia Clauses just don’t exist. Meanwhile, the Naval Act allows for traditional patronage politics to create an effective navy despite considerable challenges.