Today in History: The Confederate Constitution is approved March 11,1861


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Today in History: The Confederate Constitution is approved
March 11, 2015 by Scott Bomboy

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On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. Here is a look at this little-known third constitution that controlled the lives of about 9 million people for a short period of time.

Expired Image RemovedMuch of the Confederate Constitution mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time, with bigger differences in the matters of slavery and states’ rights.

More: http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2015/03/looking-back-at-the-confederate-constitution/
 

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Honestly, except for that whole slavery thing, the Confederate Constitution had some pretty good minor changes. The shift of the burden from the people to the states is obviously problematic, and the idea of giving individual states the power to impeach federally appointed officials is a more than a little bit terrifying. The little procedural clarifications, however, are mostly logical results of eight decades of the Great Experiment. Clarification of voting rights, appointments for vacancies, the change in Presidential terms, and codification of cabinet testimony all make sense. The line-item veto is a bit dangerous due to the massive potential for executive abuse, and they completely hobble themselves and almost guaranteed certain levels of poverty in some states by blocking infrastructure funds, but like most of the document, none of this ever really faced a serious test.

It is interesting to note that a lot of the little procedural changes have since been codified into US law to one degree or another, either legislatively, by regulation, or by internal procedural rules.
 

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