DescriptionJournal or Minutes of the Constitutional Convention: Held in the City of Austin, Texas, Feb. 7 1866. 8vo, 384 pages. Original black cloth binding and black leather spine. Endpapers are marbled and hinges are reinforced. Title is in gilt lettering on the front; the spine and back board also exhibit gilt decoration. Pages are generally toned and foxed. Despite damage to the first page, the book is in near very good condition.
The Constitutional Convention of 1866 was conferred to bring the existing Constitution of 1861 (the Confederate Constitution) back in line with the Constitution and the laws of the United States after the end of the Civil War. Minimum requirements that would reestablish relations with the Union were to be satisfied by the delegates. These included the denial of the right of secession, the denial of debt incurred by the state during the war, the abolition of slavery, and the social and political status of freedmen was to be determined fairly.
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