CWN 11 – Constitutional Convention – Civil War Network
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CWN 11 – Constitutional Convention – Civil War Network


Welcome back. We now join delegate Jonathan Bird on his way to the Constitutional Convention of the Southern states. Well, here I am on my way to the convention— the Constitution convention
of the Confederate States of America. Today is March the 11th, 1861. We’ve been at this thing for five weeks, since February the 4th. The first thing I’d like to do is have the 14 delegates from our seven states introduce themselves. My name is Jonathan Bird
from the fine state of Virginia. Now we’ll read the final draft
of our Constitution. We, the people of the Confederate States, each state acting in
its sovereign and independent character, in order to form
a permanent federal government, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, invoking the favor
and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution
for the Confederate States of America. Hmm, you know: interesting how the U.S. wanted to form a more perfect union, while the Confederate states used its rights as States to form a permanent federal, permanent federal government. I wonder how long ‘permanent’ will last? It is nice that we are asking for God’s assistance, whereas the U.S. didn’t. Signed: Howell Cobb, President of the Congress. [Those who approve this] Constitution,
signify by raising your hand. Opposed? Motion carried; this is law. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Mr. Bird, and after this commercial break we’ll join Jon Madison for his Lifestyle section.

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