Kentuckians have written and adopted four constitutions, each one longer than the former, with the current charter of such length as almost to represent a code of laws. Without much experience from which to generate problems that needed solutions, the framers of the first constitution drew heavily from other state constitutions, while the drafters of the remaining charters based most of their reforms on the perceived deficiencies of existing constitutions. Kentucky was unorganized wilderness until 1776, when it became the westernmost county of Virginia (as...
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