By Victor Fischer
In 1956, delegates accumulated on the college of Alaska in Fairbanks to put in writing a structure for what grew to become the forty-ninth country of the union. They produced a record that many have acknowledged was once extra fantastically acceptable to its time and position than the other country constitution.Victor Fischer, one of many delegates, describes this historical occasion. have fun the constitution's 50th anniversary and find out about the writing of this crucial rfile.
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The referendum had no effect, as traps like other aspects of fisheries regulation continued under federal control. Referenda were repeatedly used to demonstrate public desires and indignation with the status quo. Thus the fisheries issue was brought before the people again in 1952, when they balloted on the proposition of whether or not control over fisheries regulation should be turned over to the territory. This time the vote was again strongly in favor of giving Alaska control of its fishery resources: 20,544 voted "yes," while 3,479 favored continued federal control.
In 1946, Alaska citizens for the first time had an opportunity to express themselves in an election on the question of whether or not they wanted statehood. " The referendum had been arranged by the 1945 territorial legislature. It and every subsequent session, whether Democratic or Republican, sent a memorial to Congress requesting immediate statehood; in the last three territorial sessions, the vote was unanimous in both houses. Another referendum in 1948 reinforced the argument for self-government.
Stewart as its executive officer primarily to expedite the work of the PAS staff in Alaska and oversee other steps necessary to prepare for the convention. Preparatory research efforts were launched in June 1955 by John Corcoran, a senior field director for Public Administration Service. Corcoran came to Juneau in mid-June and secured a staff of four consultants8 who worked until late September assembling the data and writing reports and other materials for convention delegates and the public. During this period, the consultants travelled extensively with Stewart throughout Alaska, talking with local government officials, legislators, candidates for election to the convention, and others about the convention and the subjects its delegates would consider.