Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier

By James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier

Selection in Philadelphia is simply one of these booklet. it's the most sensible renowned background of the Constitutional conference on hand. This transparent and well-written quantity lines the key matters concerned, brushing aside sectional, monetary, or type pursuits as dominant elements and concentrating in its place at the "deeply rooted attitudes" and "emotions" of person individuals. glossy readers will locate the authors' reviews at the structure fairly attention-grabbing, casting some of the Founding Fathers in a brand new gentle.

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He was wrong. 19 Although the destruction of the office could have been justified in the name of frugality, it is doubtful whether the usually economy-minded Cruce interpreted the move in any way other than as a direct blow to his appointive power. Disenchantment with enforcement during the Cruce period showed among drys and wets alike. Early in 1 9 1 1 , before the abolition of the state agency, B. J. "20 The superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League echoed the same sentiments in remarking that "it will not be seriously claimed .

1 8 The Yearbook of the United States Brewers' Association, 1909, 195. 20 Most liquor sold in Oklahoma throughout the prohibition period arrived in the state through inter­ state commerce. It was not difficult, then, to comprehend Haskell's fight to subject such shipments to the police powers of the state. 21 The Governor's letter was for­ warded to Taft's attorney general, George Wickersham. In a letter to the President, a copy of which subsequently came to Haskell, Wickersham pointed out that efforts had been made to enact legislation designed to limit the introduction of in­ toxicating beverages into those states which forbade or re­ stricted their manufacture or sale.

35 For comments on the amendment, see Harlow's Weekly, July 4, 1914, and the Daily Oklahoman, July 1 7 and October 13, 16, 1914. "36 The resolution got nowhere. Long obscured by the Anti-Saloon League, the WCTU re­ entered the temperance limelight by urging upon the Gov­ ernor and the legislature a scientific prohibition-instruction measure. The president, Abbie Hillerman, who had worked untiringly at the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention, pre­ sented the bill to the House Prohibition Committee.

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