The Kentucky State Constitution

Hardcover | November 12, 2012

byRobert M. Ireland

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The Kentucky State Constitution provides an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's governing charter. In addition to an overview of Kentucky's constitutional history, it provides an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the entire constitution, detailing the manysignificant changes that have been made since its initial drafting, including a discussion of Kentucky's previous three constitutions. This treatment, along with a table of cases, index, and bibliography provides an unsurpassed reference guide for students, scholars, and practitioners of Kentucky'sconstitution. As the fifteenth state admitted to the United States, Kentucky has had three previous state constitutions, each one longer than the last. To provide a context for Kentucky's vibrant constitutional history, the book first outlines the historical development and motivations behind these revisedconstitutions and highlights reforms and issues that might occur in future revisions. Next, each section of the modern constitution is analyzed, including its origins, general intent and purpose, and important judicial interpretations illustrating the types of situations that might involve thesection. Finally, the book provides a thorough bibliographic essay reviewing the evolution of the Kentucky constitution and curating key academic sources for related reading and research.The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historicaloverview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research. Under the expert editorship of Professor G. Alan Tarr, Director of the Center on State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, this series provides essential reference tools for understanding state constitutional law. Books in the series can be purchased individually or as part of a completeset, giving readers unmatched access to these important political documents.

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The Kentucky State Constitution provides an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's governing charter. In addition to an overview of Kentucky's constitutional history, it provides an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the entire constitution, detailing the manysignificant changes that have been made since...

Robert M. Ireland was Professor of History at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The County Courts in Antebellum Kentucky (1972), The County in Kentucky History (1976), Little Kingdoms: The Counties of Kentucky, (1977), and The Legal Career of William Pinkney, 1764-1822 (1986).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199892555

ISBN - 13:9780199892556

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G. Alan Tarr: Series ForewordForewordAcknowledgmentsDedicationPart I: The Constitutional History of KentuckyPart II: Kentucky Constitution and CommentaryPreambleBill of RightsDistribution of the Powers of GovernmentThe Legislative DepartmentCounties and County SeatsImpeachmentsThe Executive DepartmentThe Judicial DepartmentSuffrage and ElectionsMunicipalitiesRevenue and TaxationEducationCorporationsRailroads and CommerceThe MilitiaGeneral ProvisionsMode of RevisionScheduleOrdinanceBibliographic EssayTable of CasesIndexAbout the Author