4. The Confederate States
shall guarantee to every State that now is or hereafter may become a member of this Confederacy, 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 is not in session,) against domestic violence.
1.--Upon the demand of any three States, legally assembled in their several Conventions, the Congress
shall summon a Convention of all the States, to take into consideration such amendments to the Constitution
as the said States shall concur in suggesting at the time when the said demand is made; and should any of the proposed amendments to the Constitution
be agreed on by the said Convention — voting by States--and the same be ratified by the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, or by conventions in two-thirds thereof — as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the general convention--they shall thenceforward form a part of this Constitution.
But no State shall, without its consent, be deprived of its equal representation in the Senate.
1.--The Government established by this Constitution is the successor of the Provisional Government
of the Confederate States of America
, and all the laws passed by the latter shall continue in force until the same shall be repealed or modified; and all the officers appointed by the same shall remain in office until their successors are appointed and qualified, or the offices abolished.
2. All debts contracted and engagements entered into before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the Confederate States
under this Constitution as under the Provisional Government
3. This Constitution, and the laws of the Confederate States
, made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the Confederate States
, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution
or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
4. The Senators
and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial offices, both of the Confederate States
and of the several States, shall be bound, by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office of public trust under the Confederate States
5. The enumeration, in the Constitution
, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people of the several States.
6. The powers not delegated to the Confederate States
by the Constitution
, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people thereof.
1.--The ratification of the conventions of five States shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the same.
When five States shall have ratified this Constitution in the manner before specified, the Congress
, under the provisional Constitution, shall prescribe the time for holding the election of President
, and for the meeting of the electoral college, and for counting the votes and inaugurating the President
They shall also prescribe the time for holding the first election of members of Congress under this Constitution, and the time for assembling the same.
Until the assembling of such Congress, the Congress
under the provisional Constitution shall continue to exercise the legislative powers granted them; not extending beyond the time limited by the Constitution
of the Provisional Government
Adopted, unanimously, March 11, 1861.
, July 31.