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Alabama Constitution of 1875

Also known as the "Bourbon" "Conservative" or "Redeemer Constitution." The constitution includes the following articles: declaration of rights; state and county boundaries; distribution of powers of government; executive department; legislative department; judicial department; impeachment; suffrage and election; representation; exempted property; taxation (introducing property tax); militia; education (stating that "separate schools shall be provided for the children of citizens of African descent"); corporations; oath of office; miscellaneous provisions; and mode of amending the constitution. The last 4 pages are signed by 90 convention delegates, including Leroy Pope Walker, president of the convention. The document is written on 28 sheets of parchment, each page glued to the one below it and held together with blue grosgrain silk ribbon; it is 42 feet and 8 inches long.

Creator: Constitutional Convention of 1875
Date: 1875
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Constitution

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ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard:
Grade 4: Standard(s) 9
Grade 5: Standard(s) 12
Grade 7 (Civics): Standard(s) 4 5
Grade 10: Standard(s) 15
Grade 12 (US Government): Standard(s) 5 6 7

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