By Victor Fischer
In 1956, delegates accumulated on the collage of Alaska in Fairbanks to jot down a structure for what grew to become the forty-ninth nation of the union. They produced a rfile that many have acknowledged used to be extra extraordinarily acceptable to its time and position than the other nation constitution.Victor Fischer, one of many delegates, describes this old occasion. have fun the constitution's 50th anniversary and find out about the writing of this significant record.
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Extra info for Alaska's constitutional convention, Volume 1956
Alaska's first territorial legislature of 1913-14 is considered by some as one of the best in the territory's history. It passed eighty-four acts during its first session. Of these, thirty-eight amended the civil and criminal codes earlier adopted by Congress for Alaska. Among the subjects treated were compulsory education, an eight-hour working day, juvenile courts, health, welfare and labor legislation, bank regulation, and local community organization. The legislature unanimously extended the franchise to women (Chapter 1 of Page 6 the 1913 Session Laws of Alaska).
Ratification Of The Constitution Statehood For Alaska 167 Public Interest and the Media 167 Contacts with the Public 169 Lobbyists 171 Preparing for Ratification 172 Ratification Campaign 176 Ratification Vote 179 A Step Toward Statehood 180 Statehood At Last 183 11. Conclusions And Reflections 185 Page xiv Appendices 193 A. Constitution Of Alaska 195 B. Constitutional Convention Enabling Act 247 C. Permanent Rules Constitutional Convention Of Alaska 253 D. Committee Membership 267 E. Biographies Of Delegates And Consultants 269 Page 1 PART I THE ALASKA CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION Page 3 1.
McKay was followed to Alaska by Adlai Stevenson, whose strong endorsement of statehood provided a further uplift for the cause. In the 1954 general elections, a rejuvenated Democratic party took both the Territorial House and Senate. Following this victory, party leaders decided that their 1955 legislative program would include enactment of a bill for a constitutional convention. Thomas B. Stewart, assistant territorial attorney general and newly elected to the legislature, was assigned the job of preparing legislation for a convention call.