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1. Aloha! Our last #50Weeks50Constitution brings us to the last state to be settled (by natives or Europeans) & last to be admitted to the Union. But Hawaii certainly was not the last state in constitutional history.
2. People 1st came to the islands well over 1,000 years ago, & the first identifiable non-Polynesians were Captain Cook & his crew in 1778 (although there’s strong evidence that Japanese sailors were shipwrecked there over the prior couple centuries).
3. When Cook showed up the islands were separate polities, but that quickly changed, & they were unified in 1810. Also, outsiders began settling in the kingdom. Their influence included American constitutionalism, as King Kamehameha III’s 1840 constitution attests.
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1. This week’s edition of #50Weeks50Constitutions travels to the home of the College Baseball World Series & Payton Manning’s favorite audible. That’s right, we are heading to Nebraska, the #CornHuskerState, with their unicameral legislature—but that wasn’t always so.
2. The U.S. bought the land that would eventually become Nebraska in the Louisiana Purchase. It was shuffled around & governed by different territories until the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 which officially created the Nebraska Territory & set up a basic government.
3. This government included a three-member Supreme Court, a Governor appointed by the President, and a bicameral Legislature. This Act set the territory on the path to statehood, but it was not a smooth path and was delayed by the Civil War.
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