The Alaska Statehood Act was signed in 1959, but the critical decisions that made statehood a reality came the year before — fifty years ago. Even though the Kenai oil boom had begun, opponents of statehood said Alaska wouldn’t be able to pay its own way. But it did – just barely.
This week on Talk of Alaska we look back to 1958 with a history professor and a respected man that participated in the Constitutional Convention as the May 28th anniversary of the U.S. House vote that made Alaska the 49th state approaches.
HOST: Steve Heimel, APRN
- Terrence Cole, Professor of History, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Vic Fischer, delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention
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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide