Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe the role of state constitutions,
  • Explain how state constitutions evolved in early American history,
  • Discuss the role of bicameral legislatures in the first generation of state constitutions,
  • Identify the ways state constitutions can be formally changed,
  • Identify informal means of changing constitutions,
  • Discuss why constitutions vary from state to state,
  • Explain how state constitutions differ, and
  • Relate the ways local governments may be subject to governing documents such as constitutions.