REORGANIZATION FOLLOWING THE WAR
There was little agitation for constitutional change in Alabama during the Civil War. The people of the state were too busy with military and economic problems to consider constitutional reform, but after the defeat in 1865 Alabama was without a legally recognized constitution or government. President Andrew Johnson organized a provisional government with the appointment of Lewis Eliphalet Parsons of Talladega, Alabama, as provisional governor.1 All those not excluded by President Johnson's proclamation of May 29, 1865, might take the amnesty oath and regain their citizenship;2 excepted classes might apply to the President for personal pardon.3 In order to regain the right to vote, one whose citizenship had been restored had to go before a registration official, appointed by the provisional governor, in the county in which he voted, register, and again take the amnesty oath.4 One also had to meet the suffrage requirements of the state as they existed prior to January 11, 1861, the day the state left the Union.
On July 20, 1865, Governor Parsons called for an election on August 31 of delegates to a constitutional convention to take steps to restore Alabama to the union.5 Each county in the state was to have as many____________________
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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: 90.
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