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Introduction,

217

THE CONVENTION OF 1857.

An Act providing for the revision or amendment of the Con-

stitution of this State,

219

The Proclamation of the Governor,

THE CONSTITUTION OF 1857.

Text of the Constitution,

The Proclamation of the Governor,

The Vote in August, 1857, on the Constitution of 1857,

257

THE AMENDMENTS OF 1868.

A proposal to amend the Constitution of the State of Iowa, 260

An Act to provide for due reference and publication of pro-

posals to amend the Constitution of the State of Iowa, 261

Joint Resolution Agreeing to, Ratifying, and Confirming

Amendments to the State Constitution,

261

An Act Providing for the Submission of certain proposed

Amendments to the Constitution of the State of Iowa, to

the People thereof, at the next General Election therein, 262

The Proclamation of the Governor,

265

ActS RELATING TO PROPOSITIONS TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION.

An Act providing for the Publication of Propositions to

Amend the Constitution, etc.,

268

A bill for An Act to Amend Chapter 114, of the Acts of the

Sixteenth General Assembly, relating to the Submission

of Amendments to the Constitution to a Vote of the People, 269

THE AMENDMENT OF 1880.

Proposing to Amend Section four (4) of Article three (3) of the

Constitution of the State of Iowa, and to Provide for its

Reference and Publication,

270

Joint Resolution Agreeing to, Ratifying, and Confirming an

Amendment to Section Four (4) of Article Three (3) of the

Constitution of the State of Iowa, Relating to the Legisla-

tive Department,

271

Certificate of the Board of State Canvassers,

272

THE PROHIBITORY AMENDMENT (1882).

Joint Resolution Proposing to Amend the Constitution so as

to Prohibit the Manufacture and Sale of Intoxicating

Liquor as a Beverage Within this State, .

Joint Resolution Agreeing to an Amendment to the Constitu-

tion of the State of Iowa, prohibiting the Manufacture and

Sale of Intoxicating Liquors as a Beverage within this

State,

An Act to Submit to a Vote of the People the proposed

Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting the Manufac-

ture and Sale of Intoxicating Liquors as a beverage within

this State,

Certificate of the Board of State Canvassers,

THE AMENDMENTS OF 1884.

Joint Resolution Proposing Amendments to the Constitution

and Providing for their Reference and Publication,

Joint Resolution Agreeing to Certain Amendments to the

Constitution of the State of Iowa Proposed by the Nine-

teenth General Assembly, ·

Certificate of the Board of State Canvassers,

VOTES ON THE PROPOSITION: “SHALL THERE BE A CONVENTION TO

REVISE THE CONSTITUTION, AND AMEND THE SAME?

The Vote in 1870,

The Vote in 1880,

The Vote in 1890,

THE RATIFICATION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE

UNITED STATES.

Joint Resolution ratifying the amendment to the Constitu-

tion of the United States abolishing Slavery,

Joint Resolution, Ratifying the Amendment to the Constitu-

tion of the United States in Regard to Representation, Re-

construction and the National Debt,

Joint Resolution Ratifying the proposed Fifteenth Article of

Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, rela-

tive to the Right of Citizens to Vote,

GENERAL INTRODUCTION.

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Owing to obstacles in the way of obtaining the necessary material, the history of Iowa has been little read and studied through its original sources. Scattered through various books and publications found in as many different collections and libraries, this material has been practically inaccessible to the general body of students. It is to obviate these difficulties, and to facilitate the adoption of scientific methods of study, that the documentary material contemplated in the title is brought forward and published.

It is also hoped that the present publications may encourage similar collections and publications in other states. For no part of American history has been so much neglected. It is practically an unexplored field: or, to use the words of the Hon. James Bryce, “it is rather a primeval forest, where the vegetation is rank, and through which scarcely a trail has yet been cut.” Perhaps no work at the present time would be more appreciated than the writing of state histories. I do not mean “merely antiquarian or genealogical” efforts, or the presentation of interesting “ reminiscences”; but histories, which, in discussing economic and industrial development, the growth of institutions, principles of political organization, the content of administration, finance, etc., indicate, wherever it is possible, causal connections and relations. Some beginnings in this direction have, it is true, been made by students in

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