• Dr. Patrick T. Conley on the Law and Order Constitution
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    Dr. Patrick T. Conley on the Law and Order Constitution

    That constitution was described in 1901 by Arthur May Mowry as quote, “liberal and well adapted to the needs of the state.” That 1843 constitution – and we use 1843 because it went into effect in May 1843 – it was the Law & Order Constitution that was drafted by the Law & Order Convention in the concluding months of 1842 after Dorr had been vanquished and had gone into exile. That constitution was productive of an incredible amount of internal strife in Rhode Island. But nonetheless Mowry’s view expressed in his book The Dorr War in 1901 prevailed for three quarters of a century and when I wrote Democracy…