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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Frederick Douglas Alexander, April 1, 1975. Interview B-0065. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

The people, rather than the governmental structure, proved less flexible

Here, Alexander points out the irony that although the United States Constitution is adaptable, most American citizens remain inflexible to change. The charter of consolidation fell victim to citizens who were resistant to governmental changes.

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Oral History Interview with Frederick Douglas Alexander, April 1, 1975. Interview B-0065. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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FREDERICK DOUGLAS ALEXANDER:
You must bear in mind that change is the hardest thing in the world in our society to accept. It's a strange thing. The philosophy of a democratic society is based on an acceptance of change. The structure of our government grew out of a document that was so well written until it allowed for change. I don't know whether they had the real wisdom to how thorough their intellect and their...Put upon the tressel board a document that was malleable, that could adjust itself and stretch to change as our document has done. I think it's a marvelous thing. It's the people that can't change. Who live under that document. This is the struggle of government today. Trying to accept and wrassle with changes.
MOYE:
Do you think that one of the problems in getting this charter passed was just the general reluctance of the electorate to change. I mean a lot of the opponents made a...
FREDERICK DOUGLAS ALEXANDER:
A part of that was it. Then, I think that, too, was a part, as you say, of a realization that maybe, of some citizens, that "we don't want to do all this changing we thought we wanted to do." The strong desire to support the change, or to bring the baby you have birthed to manhood, was lacking.