Journalistic Coverage of the 1883, 1885 and 1889 Constitutional Conventions

55 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2014

See all articles by Candice Spurlin

Candice Spurlin

University of South Dakota Law School

Catherine Chicoine

University of South Dakota Law School

Stacy Hegge

University of South Dakota Law School

Patrick M. Garry

University of South Dakota - School of Law

Date Written: May 2014

Abstract

Newspapers have played a significant role in politics in the United States throughout its history. South Dakota is no exception, newspaper played a significant role in the passage of South Dakota's Constitution and its striving for statehood. Newspapers were so prevalent in the southern part of the Dakota Territory in the late 1800s that more than two hundred and twenty towns published their own papers.

Not only did newspapers proliferate in these prairie towns, but they became intimately involved in territorial and statehood politics. This article reprints selected newspaper articles from across the Territory that highlight the discussions taking place at the three Constitutional Conventions of 1883,1885 and 1889. The final of these three conventions ratified the South Dakota Constitution which ultimately led to statehood in November of 1889.

Keywords: South Dakota Constitution, History of South Dakota Constitution, Constitutional Conventions, Ratification of South Dakota Constitution, Journalistic Coverage of Conventions

JEL Classification: K01, K03, K10, K19, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Spurlin, Candice J. and Chicoine, Catherine and Hegge, Stacy and Garry, Patrick M., Journalistic Coverage of the 1883, 1885 and 1889 Constitutional Conventions (May 2014). South Dakota Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 2, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2525962

Candice J. Spurlin (Contact Author)

University of South Dakota Law School ( email )

414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
United States

Catherine Chicoine

University of South Dakota Law School ( email )

414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
United States

Stacy Hegge

University of South Dakota Law School ( email )

414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
United States

Patrick M. Garry

University of South Dakota - School of Law ( email )

414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
24
Abstract Views
269
PlumX Metrics