The Tennessee State Constitution: A Reference Guide
Documenting the constitutional history of Tennessee, Part one charts the rise to statehood and the constitutions of 1796, 1835, and that of 1870 which remained unamended until 1953. Part two presents valuable commentary on the constitution's preamble and 11 articles including the declaration of rights, the distribution of powers, the executive department, elections, impeachments, the judicial department, state and county officers, militia, disqualification, oaths, bribery of electors, new counties, and miscellaneous provisions. Following the second section is an annotated bibliography of Tennessee constitutional history, includes general references as well as references to pre-statehood compacts, the constitutions of 1796 and 1835, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the 1865 amendments, the constitution of 1870, attempted constitutional reform, and five constitutional conventions from 1953 to 1977. A table of cases completes a resource that will be referred to and relied upon by constitutional scholars and students as well as legal historians.