THE ALABAMA CONSTITUTION OF 1819
After the passage of the enabling act, it was then the responsibility of the people of the Alabama Territory to write a constitution and present it to Congress for approval.1 The act provided for white manhood suffrage in voting for members of the constitutional convention,2 and specified that the election for delegates should be held on the first Monday and Tuesday in May. This permitted a campaign period of about two months.3 Interest immediately became widespread throughout the Territory, and twenty-two candidates entered the field for eight places in Madison County, seven for three places in Limestone County, and four for the two places in Cotaco County.4 The campaign aroused especial interest in the Tennessee Valley counties. Although Huntsville was scarcely ten years old, the area abounded in lawyers and lawyer-planters. Many of these were well educated and particularly interested in politics and political theory. The Georgia element among them was strong, although the Tennessee element was predominant.5
Several letters to newspapers discussed the coming convention, suggesting the needs in the organic law of the state. James Titus of Huntsville, who had been a member of the legislative council for seven years, and John Leigh Townes, a lawyer of Madison County, wrote to the Huntsville Republican, extolling Jeffersonian principles and eighteenth____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Constitutional Development in Alabama, 1798-1901:A Study in Politics, the Negro, and Sectionalism. Contributors: Malcolm Cook McMillan - Author. Publisher: University of North Carolina Press. Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC. Publication year: 1955. Page number: 30.
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