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m. g apply for admission into the Union as States. But they cannot be admitted unless they establish a republican form of government, and the Constitution which they propose to adopt, must, prior to their admission, be submitted to and approved by Congress.
$ 572. There are at present seven organized territories, viz:
(1.) Oregon Territory; erected into a territory August 14, 1848.
(2.) Minnesota Territory; erected into a territory March 3, 1849.
(3.) Utah Territory; erected into a territory September 9, 1850.
(4.) New Mexico Territory; erected into a territory September 9, 1850.
(5.) Washington Territory; erected into a territory March 2, 1853.
(6.) Kansas Territory; erected into a territory May 30, 1854.
(7.) Nebraska Territory; erected into a territory May 30, 1854.
The Indian Territory is not an organized territory.
$ 573. The limits of the United States, at the treaty of peace which closed the Revolution, are estimated to have included not more than 820,680 square miles. The total area of the Union on the first of July, 1854, was, by official calculations estimated at 2,963,666 square miles. Our territory doubled itself in the first twenty years of its existence, and it has increased over threefold in less than sixty years.
We have now a territorial extent nearly ten times as large as that of Great Britain and France combined; three times as large as the whole of France, Britain, Austria,
Prussia, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, and Denmark together; one and a half times as large as the Russiau empire in Europe; about one-sixth less than the area of all Europe, and of equal extent with the Roman empire, or that of Alexander, neither of which is said to have exceeded 3,000,000 square miles.
SECTION. 4. [Clause 4.] “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion, and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”
$ 574. The Articles of Confederation contained no provision similar to the above, which was one cause of the weakness of the government under those Articles. This section contains three important particulars:
(1.) A guaranty of a republican form of government to the States.
(2.) Protection of the States against invasion. (3.) Protection of the States against domestic violence.
$575. The United States guarantees to every State in the Union, a republican form of government. Ar outbreak or rebellion in a single State, might be strong enough not only to establish therein a monarchical or despotic form of government, but to endanger the whole Union. Without a provision like that we are now considering, the State in which such an attempt should be made would have no right to call upon the general government for protection, and the general government would have no legal right, and would be under no obligation, to interfere; whereas now the whole power of the United States, and its army and navy, may be employed to assure to each State the enjoyment of a republican form of government.
$ 576. The guaranty contained in this clause does not restrict the right of a State to alter its constitution at pleasure; but it cannot, while it remains a member of the Union, adopt any other than a republican form of government.
$ 577. The United States is also bound to protect each State from invasion. This secures to every State, the power of the general government for its protection, and it is a great advantage which the Federal Constitution affords.
$ 578. In case of violence within a State, such as riot or rebellion, the legislature of the State, if in session, or, if not in session, the governor, may upon application, obtain the aid of the United States to repress such disorder. Thus each State, under the Constitution, secures the force of the United States for its protection against invasion from without, and from domestic violence, (§ 310.)
MODE OF AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION- MISCELLANEOUS
This article treats of the mode of making amendments to the Constitution.
“ The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several Statės, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress ; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article ; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”
$ 579. Unless some peaceable mode of altering the Con stitution be provided, there is danger that violent means would be employed to effect a change. As no form of government, particularly a new and untried one, as ours was, is likely to be perfect, it is necessary that some man.. ner of proceeding should be established, for adopting such amendments as time and experience may renuer useful or necessary.
$ 580. It is the right of a free people to amend their Constitution or to alter their form of government. This right was proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, and is recognised by all the States, many of which have, at different times altered their constitutions by the popular vote.
In his Farewell Address to the American people, George Washington declares that the “basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.”
$ 581. Two modes are provided in which amendments to the Constitution of the United States may be proposed. They are as follows :
(1.) By two-thirds of both Houses of Congress.
(2.) By applications to Congress from the Legislatures of two-thirds of the States, for the calling of a coavention for proposing amendments.
$ 582. In either case, whether the amendments originate in Congress, or in a convention called by Congress upon the application of the legislature of two-thirds of the States, the proposed amendments, before they become valid, must be ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the States, or by popular conventions in three-fourths of the States, according as the one or the other mode of ratifica