The Massachusetts State Constitution

Hardcover | April 5, 2011

byLawrence M. Friedman, Lynnea Thody

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In The Massachusetts State Constitution, Lawrence Friedman and Lynnea Thody present a comprehensive and accessible survey of Massachusetts constitutional history and constitutional law. The Massachusetts Constitution is the oldest state constitution and has remained essentially unchangedsince it was drafted in 1780. It served as a model for the United States Constitution and many of the state constitutions that followed. The Massachusetts State Constitution provides an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's governing charter. It begins with an overview of Massachusetts's constitutional history, and then provides an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the entire constitution, detailingimportant changes that have been made since its drafting. This treatment, which includes a list of cases, index, and bibliography, makes this guide indispensable for students, scholars, and practitioners of the Massachusetts constitution. 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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In The Massachusetts State Constitution, Lawrence Friedman and Lynnea Thody present a comprehensive and accessible survey of Massachusetts constitutional history and constitutional law. The Massachusetts Constitution is the oldest state constitution and has remained essentially unchangedsince it was drafted in 1780. It served as a mo...

Lawrence M. Friedman is a professor at New England Law School. He has published numerous articles on constitutional law, the Massachusetts constitution, privacy law, and other topics. Lynnea Thody is an associate with Blatman, Bobrowski and Mead, LLC. She is a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Karyn Scheier, Chief Justice of the Mas...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 6.38 × 9.61 × 0.87 inPublished:April 5, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019977868X

ISBN - 13:9780199778683

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G. Alan Tarr: Series ForwardPrefaceAcknowledgementsPart I: The Constitutional History of MassachusettsPart II: Massachusetts Constitution and CommentaryPart the First: The Declaration of RightsPart the Second: The Frame of Government1. The Legislative Power2. Executive Power3. Judiciary Power4. Delegates to Congress5. The University at Cambridge, and Encouragement of Literature, etc.6. Oaths and Subscriptions; Incompatibility of and Exclusion from Offices; Pecuniary Qualifications; Bibliographical EssayTable of CasesIndex