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Founding-Era Conventions And The Meaning Of The Constitution’S “Convention For Proposing Amendments”, Robert G. Natelson Jan 2013

Founding-Era Conventions And The Meaning Of The Constitution’S “Convention For Proposing Amendments”, Robert G. Natelson

Robert G. Natelson

Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, two thirds of state legislatures may require Congress to call a “Convention for proposing Amendments.” Because this procedure has never been used, commentators frequently debate the composition of the convention and the rules governing the application and convention process. However, the debate has proceeded almost entirely without knowledge of the many multi-colony and multi-state conventions held during the eighteenth century, of which the Constitutional Convention was only one. These conventions were governed by universally-accepted convention practices and protocols. This Article surveys those conventions and shows how their practices and protocols shaped the ...


Founding Era Conventions And The Constitution's "Convention For Proposing Amendments", Robert G. Natelson Dec 2012

Founding Era Conventions And The Constitution's "Convention For Proposing Amendments", Robert G. Natelson

Robert G. Natelson

Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, two thirds of state legislatures may require Congress to call a “Convention for proposing Amendments.” Because this procedure has never been used, commentators frequently debate the composition of the convention and the rules governing the application and convention process. However, the debate has proceeded almost entirely without knowledge of the many multi-colony and multi-state conventions held during the eighteenth century, of which the Constitutional Convention was only one. These conventions were governed by universally-accepted convention practices and protocols. This Article surveys those conventions and shows how their practices and protocols shaped the ...


What Is A Constitutional Convention?, Peter J. Aschenbrenner Feb 2012

What Is A Constitutional Convention?, Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

‘State constitutional assembly’ is defined along with three subsidiary definitions; difficulties are addressed and solutions proposed; a survey of the 994 assemblies (1775 to 2010) is supplied, and the proposed definition defended; issues for further development are noted.


Journal Of The Convention, Begun And Held At The Capitol In The Town Of Frankfort, On Monday The Twenty-Second Day Of July, In The Year Of Our Lord One Thousand, Seven Hundred And Ninety-Nine., Kentucky Constitutional Convention (1799) Jan 1799

Journal Of The Convention, Begun And Held At The Capitol In The Town Of Frankfort, On Monday The Twenty-Second Day Of July, In The Year Of Our Lord One Thousand, Seven Hundred And Ninety-Nine., Kentucky Constitutional Convention (1799)

Constitutional Conventions

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Journal Of The First Constitutional Convention Of Kentucky, Kentucky Constitutional Convention (1792) Dec 1791

Journal Of The First Constitutional Convention Of Kentucky, Kentucky Constitutional Convention (1792)

Constitutional Conventions

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