The first state constitutions (e.g., Virginia, 1776) place the bill of rights first, and, the contrary pattern of the federal Constitution notwithstanding, that arrangement has been followed in the writing of virtually all state constitutions. In the writing of Kansas’s constitution, the Wyandotte convention, as noted in Part I, largely followed the example of Ohio. The Buckeye State had promulgated a new constitution in 1851, which, however, in many essentials followed the state’s first constitution, adopted in 1802. This borrowing from Ohio was not carried...
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