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Alabama Constitution of 1819

The constitution includes articles on the following subjects: preamble; declaration of rights; distribution of powers; legislative department; executive department; militia; judicial department; education; impeachment; taxation; and slavery. The last 2 pages have the signatures of the 44 delegates, including the president and secretary of the convention. The constitution provides universal suffrage for white men because it contains no property, educational, or other voting qualifications. The document is written on 26 sheets of parchment, each attached to the sheet below it by blue grosgrain silk ribbon and red sealing wax; it is approximately 31 feet long.

Creator: Alabama Constitutional Convention
Date: 1819 August 2
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Constitution

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ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard:
Grade 4: Standard(s) 5
Grade 5: Standard(s) 10
Grade 7 (Civics): Standard(s) 4
Grade 10: Standard(s) 8
Grade 12 (US Government): Standard(s) 5

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