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Robert M. Ireland's Article, "Law and Disorder in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky," centers on the state constitutional conventions of 1849 and 1890-1891, spiced with newspaper accounts, statutes,court cases, and legislative records. He has said that his Article presents a preliminary overview of some of the principal problems of the criminal justice system of nineteenth-century Kentucky. I hope this means he intends to continue his study so that soon we can expect a full examination of the criminal justice system in that state. I also hope that other scholars then will be inspired by his example to examine other contemporary state criminal justice systems, because only when we have more comprehensive and comparable data will we have any reliable understanding of this important aspect of nineteenth-century legal history.