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American Constitution-Making: The Neglected State Constitutional Sources

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Title: American Constitution-Making: The Neglected State Constitutional Sources
Author: Fritz, Christian G.; Baum, Marsha L.
Subject(s): American Constitutionalism
Written Constitutions
Constitution-Making
Constitutional Compilations
Constitutional Borrowing
Constitutional Conventions
Abstract: “American Constitution-Making: The Neglected State Constitutional Sources” looks at a frequently overlooked genre of literature pertinent to American constitution-making: comprehensive compilations of state constitutions that made their appearance from the first wave of constitution-making preceding (and following) the Federal constitution. Routinely issued in pocket-sized editions, the authors demonstrate the presence of these compilations in constitutional conventions and their use by constitution-makers from the Revolutionary period through the late 19th century. The significance of the process of “borrowing” provisions from other state constitutions is placed in a new and different light that raises intriguing questions about the level of American awareness, understanding, and interest in written constitutions in the 18th and 19th centuries. The article contains a Bibliographic Appendix of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Compilations of American State Constitutions.
Date: 2000
Publisher: University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Citation: 27 Hastings Const. L.Q. 199 (2000)
Description: 43 p.; Previously published by Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/3668

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