The Tennessee State Constitution

Hardcover | April 26, 2011

byLewis L. Laska

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Tennesseans pioneered innovations in self-government beginning in 1772, and they have continued to do so since the enactment of their first formal constitution in 1796. Over time, Tennessee has adopted, abolished, and changed it's constitution as political and social needs demanded andallowed. In The Tennessee State Constitution, Lewis L. Laska provides a comprehensive introduction to Tennessee's constitution including a history of its development beginning in the 1700s, article-by-article commentary on the constitution itself, and an extensive bibliography of Tennessee constitutionalhistory. This essential guide to the Tennessee constitution also presents valuable commentary on the constitution's preamble and 11 articles including the declaration of rights, the distribution of powers, the executive department, elections, impeachments, the judicial department, state and countyofficers, militia, disqualification, oaths, bribery of electors, new counties, and miscellaneous provisions. Also included are an annotated bibliography of Tennessee constitutional history including references to pre-statehood compacts, the constitutions of 1796 and 1835, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the 1865 amendments, the constitution of 1870, attempted constitutional reform, and fiveconstitutional conventions from 1953 to 1977. A table of cases completes this unsurpassed reference guide that will be referred to and relied upon by constitutional scholars and students as well as legal historians. Previously published by Greenwood, this title has been brought back in tocirculation by Oxford University Press with new verve. Re-printed with standardization of content organization in order to facilitate research across the series. This title, as with all titles in the series, is set to join the dynamic revision cycle of The Oxford Commentaries on the StateConstitutions of the United States.The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important new 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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Tennesseans pioneered innovations in self-government beginning in 1772, and they have continued to do so since the enactment of their first formal constitution in 1796. Over time, Tennessee has adopted, abolished, and changed it's constitution as political and social needs demanded andallowed. In The Tennessee State Constitution, Lewis...

Lewis L. Laska is Professor of Business Law at Tennessee State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 6.38 × 9.61 × 0.67 inPublished:April 26, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199779074

ISBN - 13:9780199779079

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G. Alan Tarr: Series ForewordPrefacePart I: The Constitutional History of TennesseeIntroductionThe Rise to StatehoodThe Constitution of 1796The Constitution of 1835The Constitution of 1870ConclusionPart II: The Tennessee Constitution and CommentaryPreambleArticle I: Declaration of Rights 32Article II: Distribution of Powers 64Article III: Executive Department 96Article IV: ElectionsArticle V: Impeachments 108Article VI: Judicial Department 111Article VII: State and County OfficersArticle VIII: MilitiaArticle IX: Disqualifications 133Article X: Oaths, Bribery of Electors, New Counties 136Article XI: Miscellaneous Provisions 141Annotated BibliographyTable of CasesIndex