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Volume Listing > Volume 20 > State-making in Wisconsin, 1846-48

Still, Bayrd "State-making in Wisconsin, 1846-48"


State-Making in Wisconsin, 1846-1848: The author describes this as "an examination of the sentiments of the delegates and the press governing the adoption and rejection of specific parts of the first constitution..." It relies mostly on newspaper accounts and manuscript letters to explore how the issues of suffrage (voting rights of immigrants and African-Americans, but not women), election of judges (as opposed to their appointment), banking provisions (hard currency vs. paper money), party politics (Whig and Democrat), and party infighting led to the rejection of the first constitution. It includes comparatively little biographical information and few anecdotes, and instead uses geographic and demographic data to identify patterns in support of or opposition to these proposals. The women's rights provisions of the 1846 constitution are only mentioned in passing. (25 pages)

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Citation: Still, Bayrd "State-making in Wisconsin, 1846-48" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 20 /Issue: 1 (1936-1937)

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