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The Mississippi Secession ConventionDelegates and Deliberations in Politics and War, 1861-1865$
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Timothy B. Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460971

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460971.001.0001

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Committees

Committees

January 10–12, 1861

Chapter:
(p.81) 5 Committees
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The Mississippi Secession Convention
Author(s):

Timothy B. Smith

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628460971.003.0005

This chapter examines the formation of the various committees of the newly formed sovereign state of Mississippi, and the problems that followed the creation of those committees. Following the secession, the delegates shifted their attention to politics, economics, law, and society. The change made up the “second phase” of the Mississippi Secession Convention. They looked into what actions to take to make sure Mississippi was able to take care of itself, whether alone or in a new confederacy. On the span of three days, January 10–12, President William Barry established the following standing committees: Committee on Citizenship in Mississippi, Committee on Federal Jurisdiction and Property, Committee on Postal, Financial and Commercial Affairs, Committee on the State Constitution, Committee on Military and Naval Affairs, and Committee on Southern Confederacy. Yet no sooner had Barry appointed the committees than the delegates began to offer their own resolutions apart from any committee's oversight.

Keywords:   sovereign state, Mississippi Secession Convention, William Barry, standing committees, Committee on Citizenship in Mississippi, Committee on Federal Jurisdiction and Property, Committee on Postal, Financial and Commercial Affairs, Committee on the State Constitution, Committee on Military and Naval Affairs

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