Creating Alaska

We say to you, sir, very respectfully but firmly, that we are entitled to self-government and the only way we can get the full measure of self-government is through statehood. There is not any alternate. There is not any substitute for it. I think you gentlemen who come from the great States would be ashamed of us if we did not demand statehood. You would think we were in spirit second-class citizens. But we are not. We demand the same rights that you and your constituents enjoy, and we are ready for them.

-Judge Anthony J. Dimond to the members of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee