John J. Dinan is Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University.
"A very important book based on prodigious research. Dinan has distilled for us in an extremely readable form an analysis of some of the key debates in American politics as played out through state constitutions." - Law and History Review "An extremely important contribution to its subject and to the study of American politics in general. An excellent supplementary text for a survey course in American politics and government." - American Journal of Legal History "Dinan's book will be the starting point for reexamining and explaining a wide array of traditional constitutional concerns." - American Historical Review"