1868 Constitutional Convention

Displeased with the direction of the South after the Civil War, Congress passed the Military Reconstruction Acts that established requirements for confederate states to frame a constitution and civil government in order to be readmitted to the Union.

North Carolina, after following requirements for the election of delegates, convened a constitutional convention on January 14, 1868. We follow this convention now because of what it tells us not only about our constitution but how we approached change in a difficult — extraordinarily difficult — time.

Day 44 of the Convention

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Ann McColl is an attorney practicing in the field of education law since 1991. She currently serves as co-founder and president of the Innovation Project. Read full bio »