For about a quarter of a century-from the 1920's into the 1940's-no American state adopted a new constitution. By midcentury, however, interest in revising these fundamental laws had burgeoned. So widespread was the movement for constitutional revision that by 1970 a leading student of the subject commented that there was at that time "more official effort directed toward revising and rewriting state constitutions than at any time in the nation's history with the possible exception of the Civil War and Reconstruction era."

A. E. Dick Howard, Constitutional Revision: Virginia and the Nation, 9 University of Richmond Law Review, 1–48 (1974).