Constitution of the Confederate States

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The Constitution of the Confederate States of America was the agreement that formed the Confederate States of America. It went into effect on March 11, 1861.

The states initially agreeing to it were South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, and their delegates signed it.

In many ways the Confederate Constitution is similar to that of the United States, but some of the significant differences include:

  • President elected to one six-year term, with no reelection
  • State legislatures could impeach federal employees working exclusively in their borders
  • Granted the president a line-item veto
  • Enumerates specific uses for the spending of tax money, and restricts the general welfare clause
  • Forbids most internal improvements
  • Each bill passed by congress could relate to only one subject, explicitly referred to in its title
  • The importation of slaves is forbidden
  • The ownership of slaves cannot be abridged by congress, and any states outlawing slavery must allow travelers from other states to do so with their slaves