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Newly updated and reflecting the diversity of state policies and the issues that are important to them, State Constitutions of the United States collects, explains, and offers comparison of each of the fifty state constitutions. Its in-depth explorations and easy-to-follow structure reveal individual state priorities, the significance of state constitutions and their impact on issues that affect the day-to-day lives of citizens. This major revision incorporates specific details and describes trends and patterns in state constitutions, drawing on over 380 amendments passed since the first edition of this resource was published in 1998. These amendments address, at the state level, important issues that are also being debated on the national level, such as freedom of religion (Alabama), tobacco (Arizona), death penalty (Florida), and same-sex marriage ...

Massachusetts
Massachusetts

On February 6, 1788, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts became the sixth state of the United States. Boston is the capital of the “Bay State,” which encompasses some 10,555 square miles and is bordered by Vermont and New Hampshire on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, ...

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