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Definitions of CONVENTION, CONSTITUTIONAL
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In almost all the States, the new Constitutions framed at the beginning of the Revolutionary period were made by the Revolutionary Conventions which were managing all the affairs of the State, in the absence of any constitutional government. But soon the feeling grew that Constitutions should be made by conventions which the people chose especially for that purpose. The Massachusetts Constitution of 17S0 was so made and was submitted to the people afterward. Since then this has been the regular practice, both in the case of old States making new Constitutions, and in that of new States formed out of territories and old States; and also, in that of reconstructed Southern States. For the convention which framed the Constitution of the United States, see Convention of 1787. A convention held at Montgomery, Ala., identical with the Confederate provisional Congress, framed the Constitution of the Confederate States, March, 1861.
By John Franklin Jameson