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The Forty Ninth Star: Creating Alaska

Fifty years ago, a dedicated group of Alaskans took their first major step toward self-government. The 49th Star: Creating Alaska is an inspiring account of democracy in action, chronicling Alaska’s journey from Russian territory to America's largest state. Seventy-five days and nights of discussion, argument and passionate debate, along with creativity, compromise and consensus, produced a state constitution widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The 49th Star weaves interviews with original convention delegates and staff, historians and Alaskan leaders to reveal the behind-the-scenes struggles for statehood.