The Battle for Alaska Statehood by Ernest Gruening

By Ernest Gruening

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Arn, of Kansas; Theodore R. McKeldin, of Maryland; G. Mennen Williams, of Michigan; John W. Bonner, of Montana; W Kerr Scott, of North Carolina; and Arthur Langlie, of Washington. But it was the last time that a resolution for statehood for Alaska and Hawaii was sought and adopted at the Governors' Conference. I was fearful that the failure of my successors to seek one in the ensuing six years before statehood was adopted would be used as an argument against it. It would be said, I feared, that the Governors of the States had changed their minds.

The Alaska resolution was as follows: "Alaska" "The people of Alaska have at the ballot box expressed their de- Page 6 sire to achieve statehood. Alaska is one of the two incorporated territories of the United States for which statehood, following American tradition and precedent, is "clearly indicated as their destiny. Alaska has been under the American flag for eighty years and has therefore undergone a period of preparation and tutelage for longer than that of most territories, before they achieved statehood.

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