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 54 of the Convention

About the author

Ann McColl is an attorney practicing in the field of education law since 1991. Ann served as an associate professor of educational leadership at the UNC Charlotte College of Education from 2002 to 2009. Ann also has served as visiting and adjunct associate professor of public law and government at the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill.… Read full bio »