By Victor Fischer

In 1956, delegates accumulated on the college of Alaska in Fairbanks to jot down a structure for what turned the forty-ninth nation of the union. They produced a record that many have stated used to be extra extraordinarily applicable to its time and position than the other country constitution.Victor Fischer, one of many delegates, describes this historical occasion. rejoice the constitution's 50th anniversary and find out about the writing of this significant rfile.

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Page i National Municipal League State Constitutional Convention Studies Number Nine Alaska's Constitutional Convention Victor Fischer Institute of Social, Economic and Government Research University of Alaska Published by University of Alaska Press 1975 Page ii Cover: Mt. McKinley as seen from Constitution Hall, University of Alaska, site of Alaska's Constitutional Convention. University of Alaska Press Fairbanks, Alaska 99701 Library of Congress No. 74-620165 ISBN 0-912006-02-1 Series ISEGR Report No.

The Operation Statehood constitutional committee and other study groups and individuals collaborated in initiating preconvention discussions. Those involved soon realized that extensive additional work would be required to prepare for the Alaska constitutional convention. To accomplish this, Stewart resigned his position with the attorney general's office and spent a month seeking information and Page 13 advice from nationally recognized authorities in the field of government and constitution-making.

Even though its constitution had not brought Hawaii statehood, Alaskans believed they had nothing to lose by making a move on their own. The constitutional convention idea indirectly received a boost in July 1954, when Secretary of the Interior Douglas McKay, a known statehood opponent, stung Alaskans in an Anchorage speech by telling them to "start acting like ladies and gentlemen" and to come to Washington with "hat in hand" rather than demand statehood as a right. McKay was followed to Alaska by Adlai Stevenson, whose strong endorsement of statehood provided a further uplift for the cause.

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