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The Oklahoma State Constitution

Danny M. Adkison and Lisa McNair Palmer


In 1907, William Jennings Bryan described the proposed constitution for Oklahoma as “the best constitution in the United States today.” An enduring characteristic of Oklahoma’s constitution has been its faith in direct democracy and its root in Progressive Era politics. This book traces the historical formation and constitutional development of the state of Oklahoma. It provides commentary and analysis on the intent, politics, social and economic pressures, and the legal decisions that shaped and enhanced the Oklahoma constitution since it was adopted in 1907. The text gives a broad understand ... More

Keywords: Oklahoma, constitution, direct democracy, Progressive Era politics, constitutional development, constitutional evolution, formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197514818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197514818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danny M. Adkison, author
Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University

Lisa McNair Palmer, author
freelance writer, seminar speaker, and attorney

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Part One The History of the Oklahoma Constitution

Part Two The Oklahoma Constitution and Commentary