Louisiana’s eleven constitutions—eight in the nineteenth century and three in the twentieth—were the result of profound political changes and intense partisan struggles that occurred during the state’s complex history. Louisiana developed from French and Spanish colonialism into a melting pot that incorporated American Anglo-Saxon immigrants, blacks (slave and free), and more recent European immigrants. The state developed into a more democratic society, then moved from slave holding to secession to reconstruction. It moved from radical reconstruction to...
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