200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

  • Excerpt from the 1819 Alabama Constitution.

    This excerpt includes Article III, Section 5 of the 1819 Constitution, which establishes that white males age 21 and older are eligible to vote.

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

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  • Autauga County election returns filed with the Alabama secretary of state in 1824.

    The returns, on pages 1 and 2, include a list of 67 voters in an election for a justice of the peace and a constable held on January 3, 1824. James K. Hicks was elected justice and Edward Windham was elected constable. The returns are a typewritten transcript of the original and include a list of voters.

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

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  • Excerpt from the 1861 Alabama Constitution.

    Similar to the voting restrictions of the 1819 Constitution, this excerpt from the 1861 includes Article III, Section 5, which establishes that white males age 21 and older are eligible to vote. This constitution was written by the members of Alabama's secession convention.

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

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  • Excerpt from the 1865 Alabama Constitution.

    Similar to the voting restrictions of the 1819 and 1861 Constitutions, this excerpt from the 1865 Constitution includes Article VIII, Section 1, which establishes that white males age 21 and older are eligible to vote.

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

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  • Excerpt from the 1868 Alabama Constitution.

    This excerpt from Alabama's Reconstruction-era constitution includes Article VII, Sections 2 through 4. Eligible voters include all males born in the United States age 21 and older, except those who rebelled against the United States government. Voters must swear an oath that they will not engage in further rebellion and that they "accept the civil and political equality of all men; and agree not to attempt to deprive any person or persons, on account of race, color, or previous condition, of any political or civil right, privilege, or immunity."

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

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  • “Civil Rights in Alabama.”

    In this message to the United States House of Representative, President Ulysses S. Grant presents a statement he received from a group of African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama, who had assembled to discuss the "grave and menacing dangers that now surround and threaten them and their constitutional rights." In their statement, the convention members describe the ways in which their political and civil rights have been ignored in Alabama and include examples of voter suppression. They also suggest amendments to recently enacted civil rights legislation.

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

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  • Excerpt from the 1875 Alabama Constitution.

    This excerpt includes Article VIII, Sections 1, 3, and 5 of the 1875 Constitution. Eligible voters include all male voters age 21 and older. The requirements regarding political and civil equality and the voter registration oath that were present in the 1868 Constitution have been removed.

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

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