Liberty and the Indiana State Constitution


This conference discussed the role of a state constitution within our general federal constitutional system and its role in the protection of liberty through an examination of Indiana's distinctive constitutional life, tracing its roots in early colonial experiences and the Revolution up through the formation of the current Constitution of 1851.


Conference Readings

Thorpe, Francis Newton, eds. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic Laws of the States, Territories, and Colonies Now or Heretofore Forming the United States of America, Volumes I-VII. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1909.

Constitution Making in Indiana, Volume 1 (1780-1851). Edited by Kettleborough, Charles. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1916.

Frohnen, Bruce P., eds. The American Republic: Primary Sources. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Lutz, Donald S., eds. Colonial Origins of the American Constitution: A Documentary History, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998.

Report of the Debates and Proceedings of the Convention for the Revision of the Constitution of the State of Indiana, Volume II. Edited by H. Fowler, Official Reporter of the Convention. Indianapolis: A. H. Brown, 1850.

Alstyne, William Van. “’Thirty Pieces of Silver’ For the Rights of Your People: Irresistible Offers Reconsidered as a Matter of State Constitutional Law.” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 16, no. 2 (Spring 1993): 303-326.

Barnhart, John D. and Dorothy L. Riker. Indiana to 1816: The Colonial Period [History of Indiana Series, Volume 1]. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 2009.

Carmony, Donald F. Indiana, 1816-1850: The Pioneer Era. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1998.

Greve, Michael S. The Upside-Down Constitution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Lutz, Donald S. The Origins of American Constitutionalism. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.