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How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines
 
 
Author
Mark Stein.
Publisher Smithsonian/BOMC  
Format hardcover, BOMC
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 6.12 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9781588343147
Pages/Publication Date 348/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31668
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Was Roger Williams "too pure" for the Puritans, and what does that have to do with Rhode Island? Were the men who formed the state of Colorado really Rocky Mountain rogues? How did Oklahoma almost become an African American state, bordering a Native American state called Sequoyah? In this sequel to his wildly popular How the States Got Their Shapes, the basis for the History Channel series of the same name, Mark Stein continues a historical journey unlike any other, providing an entirely new perspective on the United States.

"Stein presents a plentitude of varied and compelling biographical sketches associated with the setting of our national boundaries. The personalities, both the notable (e.g., Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Webster, Ethan Allen, Charles Mason, and Jeremiah Dixon) and the more obscure (Zebulon Butler, Clara Nichols, John Meares) and their agendas are central to the book. Readers are reminded that under President James K. Polk, U.S. boundaries grew exponentially to include Texas and all lands between the Rockies and the Pacific, producing a colossal headache for Congress and a dilemma largely solved by such outsize local personalities as Sam Houston and Brigham Young. The author also treats lands we attempted to annex but lost: Canada, the remainder of Mexico, Cuba, and the persistent issue of Puerto Rico. Readers will be inspired by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's dogged campaign to win statehood for the District of Columbia. Stein's major and minor vignettes are well chosen from a wide array of primary and secondary sources. The book offers a perfect blend of optimism, tongue-in-cheek humor, and universal appeal. A winning effort."Library Journal

 
 
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