Hidden Laws: How State Constitutions Stabilize American Politics

Hidden Laws: How State Constitutions Stabilize American Politics

by Robinson Woodward-Burns

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Overview

How state constitutional reform guides and stabilizes American constitutional and political development

State constitution reform guides and stabilizes American constitutional and political development. Using data sets and historical case studies, Robinson Woodward‑Burns shows how the federal government has repeatedly deferred to state constitutional reform to manage or address difficult national constitutional controversies, including conflicts over the regulation of slavery, banking and taxation, women’s suffrage, labor and welfare rights, voting and civil rights, and gender discrimination.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300248692
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/29/2021
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Robinson Woodward-Burns is assistant professor of political science at Howard University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Rethinking American Constitutional Development 1

2 First Conventions, 1760-1791 24

3 Antebellum Consensus, 1792-1849 47

4 State Reconstruction, 1850-1877 66

5 Progressive Experimentation, 1878-1931 90

6 Welfare States, 1932-1979 145

7 Contemporary Constitutionalism, 1980-2020 179

Appendices 195

Notes 221

Bibliography 295

Index 331

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