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Part One The History of the Massachusetts Constitution, The History and Development of the Massachusetts State Constitution

From: The Massachusetts State Constitution

Lawrence M. Friedman, Lynnea Thody

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 06 May 2021

In many respects, the constitutional history of Massachusetts is the constitutional history of the United States. Constitutional rule in America, in its earliest forms, began with the uses to which residents of Massachusetts put the Bay Colony's royal charter of 1629, and the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 remains the oldest functioning written constitution in the world. Though not the first of the American state constitutions to be drafted in the Revolutionary period, the Massachusetts Constitution proved to be the most influential, serving as a model for the...
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