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American Constitution-Making: The Neglected State Constitutional Sources


Marsha Baum


University of New Mexico - School of Law

Christian G. Fritz


University of New Mexico School of Law

Winter 2000

Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2000

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: American Constitutionalism, Written Constitutions, Constitution-Making, Constitutional Compilations, Constitutional Borrowing, Constitutional Conventions

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Date posted: December 8, 2008  

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Baum, Marsha and Fritz, Christian G., American Constitution-Making: The Neglected State Constitutional Sources (Winter 2000). Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1311968

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Marsha L. Baum
University of New Mexico - School of Law ( email )
1117 Stanford, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Christian G. Fritz (Contact Author)
University of New Mexico School of Law ( email )
1117 Stanford, N.E.
MSC11 6070
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

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