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Topics for discussion

  1. Consider how and why Alaska History would have been different if the Marston Amendment had been passed.
  2. Why were the delegates in the 1950s, especially liberals and progressives, so opposed to the Jim Crow policies still in effect in the South, hesitant to distinguish between races in the constitution?
  3. How did the Sundborg Amendment change the intent and character of Marston's proposal?
  4. To what extent is the criticism that the constitution ignored Native concerns legitimate?
  5. Even without passage of the Marston Amendment, could the state eventually have devised a practical way to ensure Native land claims?
  6. What is the importance of the nonbinding resolution that the delegates eventually passed at Marston's insistence?