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Statehood Advocate



Introduction of a 1955 episode of Facts Forum discussing the merits of statehood for Alaska. Guests are Congressional Delegate E.L. “Bob” Bartlett from Alaska and Texas Congressman Walter Rogers. The discussion is moderated by Dan Smoot.
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Delegate Bartlett discusses Alaska's strategic importance. Congressman Rogers notes that if the sparsely populated Territory of Alaska were to become a state, that state would have a disproportionate influence in the Senate.
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Congressman Rogers and Delegate Bartlett discuss whether the issue of statehood for Alaska should be considered separately or along with statehood for Hawai'i.
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Delegate Bartlett discusses the economic viability of Alaskan statehood.
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Congressman Rogers cites the geographic isolation of both Alaska and Hawai'i as negative factors in their bids for statehood. Delegate Bartlett rebuts saying the same arguments were presented
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Delegate Bartlett explains that Alaska has no real representation in the Senate because he does not have a vote.
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