University of Missouri Bulletin Law Series

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During the first decade of statehood, Missouri was composed of sparsely settled, agricultural communities. Her needs were simple and her interests few. The common law adequately regulated the ordinary affairs of those pioneer days; and the general assemblies, without being overburdened, could easily satisfy all the demands for public, private, and local legislation. So the evils of special and local legislation were not prominent and aroused little, if any, protest.



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