Essay Arizona Statehood and Constitution

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Arizona Statehood and Constitution
Monica Williams
Grand Canyon University: POS 301
November 20, 2011

Arizona Statehood and Constitution
Part I: Arizona Statehood It is quite a remarkable journey that Arizona embarked upon to make it the forty-eight state of the United States of America. On February 14, 2012 it became an integral part of this new found world of democracy and freedom. Along with its vast cultures and heated temperatures, the architectural design of the city is a pure reflection of the inhabitants who were established here before to make it their own homeland. This essay will examine the road to statehood and analyze the events to make Arizona become a state.
The Preterritorial Period
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The territory residents did not have a lot of political freedom. They did not have a voice over the choice of the chief officials; they were all appointed by the United States President. Several of the citizens were democratic while the officials were republicans which in turn caused greater friction. Federal government ruled Arizona. The state officials were corrupt; they did not care about the territory. Some did it as a favor to other officials. Needless to say, their positions did not last long. All three branches of government was apart of scandal and corruption, from briberies to embezzlement, Arizona’s territory was in bad shape. Arizona kept applying for admission for statehood beginning in 1872. Finally in 1891, the Arizona constitution was written and passed by voters. The United States House of Representatives passed the Arizona Constitution, but the Senate denied it (GCU, 2011). In 1904 a bill was proposed to combine Mexico and Arizona; however the voters did not approve. In 1911, the constitution was approved by the voters again in Arizona then passed to Congress. This time it went to President Taft for his signature. He did not sign it initially, but finally agreed to sign it on February 14, 1912 and Arizona became the forty-eighth state of the U.S. Arizona’s progressive movement had a huge impact on the framers of the Arizona
Constitution (GCU, 2011). There was a time when the three branches were quite corrupt,

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