200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

  • Certificate from William Q. Smith, acknowledging that Sally K. Huey of Perry County, Alabama, took the oath of allegiance to the United States.

    Smith was a commissioner of the District Court of the United States for the Middle District of Alabama.

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

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  • Image of Benjamin Fitzpatrick, President of the 1865 Constitutional Convention

    Fitzpatrick was governor of Alabama from 1841 to 1845 and was President of the Constitutional Convention of 1865.

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

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  • Draft of a letter from Bolling Hall in Montgomery, Alabama, to Governor Lewis E. Parsons.

    In the letter Hall discusses his petition for pardon and promises to be a loyal citizen of the United States.

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

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  • “To the Convention”

    This article warns the Convention to be aware of what the abolition of slavery has done or may do to Alabama. It highlights the fear white Alabamians had about black Alabamians claiming their civil rights and how it affected the labor force in the state.

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

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  • Alabama Constitution of 1865

    The constitution includes articles on the following subjects: declaration of rights; state boundaries and counties; distribution of powers of government; legislative department; executive department; judicial department; state and county officers; elections by the people; and amendment and revision of the constitution. The last page is signed by Benjamin Fitzpatrick, president of the convention, and William H. Ogbourne, secretary of the convention.The purpose of the constitution of 1865 was to allow for Alabama's readmission into the Union after the Civil War. The document is written on 34 sheets of paper, bound together at the top of each page with string; it is 15 inches long and 9.25 inches wide.

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

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  • Section 34 in the Declaration of Rights

    This section of the constitution formally abolishes slavery in the state.

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

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  • Section 36 in the Articles of the Legislative Department

    This section declares that it "shall be the duty of the General Assembly" to "enact such laws as will protect the freedmen of this state in the full enjoyment of all their rights of person and property."

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

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  • Section 41 in the Articles of the Legislative Department

    One of the most controversial issues of the 1865 Convention was to do with whether the state would absorb or deflect the war debt.

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

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  • “Qualify to Vote”

    This article states how citizens can go about qualifying to vote again, which includes taking the Amnesty Oath.

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

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  • Photograph of Gov. Lewis Eliphalet Parsons

    Parsons was the provisional governor of Alabama after the Civil War.

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

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  • “Alabama Convention, Debate on the Anti-Slavery Amendment”

    This clipping relays the passage of the ordinance outlawing slavery in Alabama after the Civil War.

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

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