I hear a lot of references to certain Federalist Papers, letters, Constitutional Commentaries (1830s+), writings of John Dickinson that was recommended by Professor McLanahan in one of the talks. Is there a list of specific letters and writings that you all can recommend?
As for constitutional disputes of the 1830s, see Belz’s edition of the Webster-Hayne Debate, which is available from Liberty Fund for next to nothing. It’s also not hard to find Abel P. Upshur’s or Joseph Story’s books on the subject. Don’t read Story first. You can find an explanation of that advice in chapter 1 of my recent book on Jefferson: