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Introduction

From: The Oklahoma State Constitution

Danny M. Adkison, Lisa McNair Palmer

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 August 2021

“The best constitution in the United States today.” That is how William Jennings Bryan described the proposed constitution for Oklahoma in 1907. Bryan was clearly engaging in hyperbole, but he was signifying that the drafters of Oklahoma’s constitution were guided in the main by many of the concerns which were highlighted during what historians came to dub the Progressive Era. Although the Progressive mentality did not win every victory (Oklahoma’s constitution did not then and does not now include a provision for the recall), Progressives were, in general,...
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