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History of Constitution 1 st constitution – 1776, included a Declaration of Rights to protect individual rights and liberties 3 branches of government: legislative, executive, judicial Legislative: General Assembly; bicameral – House of Representatives & Senate (originally elected every year) 1835 – voters gain power to elect governor and approve constitutional amendment; vote denied to free black people 1868 – NC forced to re-write constitution; slavery abolished and all men over 21 could vote This led to poll taxes and literacy tests to prevent African Americans from voting “Grandfather Clause” – protected poor, white people Current Constitution 1971 Constitution – updated version of previous constitution (school year 9 months, racial segregation eliminated) Amendments – voting age is 18, governor can serve 2 consecutive 4 year terms, governor can veto bills Declaration of Rights States can grant more rights than federal government, but not fewer NC was majority Anti-Federalist mainly because the constitution lacked a bill of rights US was already a country and voting, NC still had not ratified
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course CHIN 252 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Ahsanullah University of Sci & Tech.

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