We the people, the courthouse, and the constitution
Only people were slaves
Judicial review comes to Mississippi
Mississippi bank wars
Agricultural liens and related policy products of police power
Advent of the regulatory state in Mississippi
The police power of the state moves to the Piney Woods
The coming of the common law in Mississippi
The Governor and the Gold Coast
Balancing industry with the constitution.
As a law student at Ole Miss, I was easily bored with the study of constitutional law. However, I did not have the benefit of studying under a gifted storyteller like Jimmy Robertson (he taught me federal procedure). This collection is a delightful romp through the highs and lows of Mississippi's struggle to govern itself. -John Grisham James L. Robertson focuses on folk encountering their constitutions and laws, in their courthouses and country stores, and in their daily lives, animating otherwise dry and inaccessible parchments. Robertson begins at statehood and continues through war and depression, well into the 1940s. He tells of slaves petitioning for freedom, populist sentiments fueling abnegation of the rule of law, the state's many schemes for enticing Yankee capital to lift a people from poverty, and its sometimes tragic, always colorful romance with whiskey after the demise of national Prohibition. Each story is sprinkled with fascinating but heretofore unearthed facts and circumstances. Robertson delves into the prejudices and practices of the times, local landscapes, and daily life and its dependence on our social compact. He offers the unique perspective of a judge, lawyer, scholar, and history buff, each role having tempered the lessons of the others. He focuses on a people, enriching encounters most know little about. Tales of understanding and humanity covering 130 years of heroes, rascals, and ordinary folk-with a bundle of engaging surprises-leave the reader pretty sure there's nothing quite like Mississippi history told by a sage observer. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Defending the new constitution in the federal courts
In 1890, Mississippi called a convention to rewrite its constitution. That convention became the singular event that marked the state's transition from the nineteenth century to the twentieth and set the path for the state for decades to come. The primary purpose of the convention was to disfranchise African American voters as well as some poor whites. The result was a document that transformed the state for the next century. In Sowing the Wind, Dorothy Overstreet Pratt traces the decision to call that convention, examines the delegates' decisions, and analyzes the impact of their new constitution. Pratt argues the constitution produced a new social structure, which pivoted the state's culture from a class-based system to one centered upon race. Though state leaders had not anticipated this change, they were savvy in their manipulation of the issues. The new constitution effectively filled the goal of disfranchisement. Moreover, unlike the constitutions of many other southern states, it held up against attack for over seventy years. It also hindered the state socially and economically well into the twentieth century. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Columbia, Missouri : University Of Missouri Press, 
Book — vi, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Searching for rights in Missouri history / Kenneth H. Winn
Testing the limits of American justice : Indian trials in nineteenth-century Missouri / William E. Foley
The frown of fortune : George Sibley, breach of promise, and Anglo-Francophone conflict on the Missouri frontier / Kenneth H. Winn
The politics of slavery and Missouri's first elected Supreme Court : Dred Scott v. Emerson / Paul Finkelman
The Judicial Ouster Ordinance of 1865 and radical reconstruction in Missouri / Dennis W. Belcher
Disfranchised and degraded : Virginia L. Minor and the constitutional case for women's suffrage / Bonnie Stepenoff
Missouri's long road to juvenile justice / Douglas E. Abrams
The living example : Laurence M. Hyde and the Missouri nonpartisan court plan / Kenneth H. Winn
Constitutional mollycoddling : how women won the right to serve as jurors in Missouri (but only if they wanted to) / Karen Anderson Winn
Shaking the shackles : Curt Flood's challenge to baseball's reserve clause / James R. Devine
In the midst of all such excitement : the Nancy Cruzan case / Edward "Chip" Robertson, Jr.
Until recently, many of Missouri's legal records were inaccessible and the existence of many influential, historic cases was unknown. The ten essays in this volume showcase Missouri as both maker and microcosm of American history. Some of the topics are famous: Dred Scott's slave freedom suit, Virginia Minor's women's suffrage case, Curt Flood's suit against professional baseball, and the Nancy Cruzan "right to die" case. Other essays cover court cases concerning the uneasy incorporation of ethnic and cultural populations into the United States; political loyalty tests during the Civil War; the alleviation of cruelty to poor and criminally institutionalized children; the barring of women to serve on juries decades after they could vote; and the creation of the "Missouri Court Plan, " a national model for judicial selection. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Resolve of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, May 5, 1777, calling for the election of a general assembly to choose and form "a new Constitution of government." In this same resolution the House directed that its resolution be printed "in Hand-bills, one of which to be transmitted to the Selectmen of each Town, or the Committee of each Plantation."
1672 Book of the General Laws of New Plymouth Colony, collected from the records of the General Court, and revised with some additions. Included were a preface, margin notes and some manuscript notes, and a table which delineated the subjects within each of the fifteen chapters.