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The uniting states : the story of statehood for the fifty United States
Shearer, Benjamin F.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
3 volumes : maps ; 27 cm
v. 1. Alabama to Kentucky -- v. 2. Louisiana to Ohio -- v. 3. Oklahoma to Wyoming.
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Booklist Review

This work demonstrates how varied the states are in their history, geography, economics, politics, and demographics--and how amazing it is that they came together as a nation and function as one, in spite of significant differences. The focus is on the situations and political motivations that propelled each colony or territory into full-fledged statehood, whether it was in the eighteenth, nineteenth, or twentieth century. The set will help its readers comprehend that some colonies (North Carolina, for example) were more reluctant than others to join the new Union; some territories (Utah, for one) were less welcome than others into the expanding nation; and internal issues in each area made for interesting compromises over issues like taxation, native populations, natural resources, banking, and citizens' rights. Following editor Shearer's introductory chapter, which gives an overview from British colonization to the addition of Alaska and Hawaii, there are 50 signed articles covering the evolution of each of the states up to its admission. Most of the contributors hold PhDs in history. Each entry is about 25 pages long and includes footnotes, a bibliography, and a summary chart that lists the state's location, territorial developments in chronological order, its capital(s), and the origin of the state name. Nearly 40 black-and-white maps enhance the story of the growth of the nation. Conveniently, the full complement of maps appears in each of the three volumes. Two appendixes, found in volume 3, provide listings of admission dates. One is arranged chronologically; the other is arranged alphabetically by state. Earlier works that cover this aspect of U.S. history, such as D. W. Meinig's three-volume The Shaping0 of America0 (Yale, 1986) and Oscar and Lilian Handlins' four-volume Liberty in America0 (Harper, 1986-94), are perhaps more readable as a whole, but this new reference work treats each state individually and makes it easy to compare their development. The length of the essays and their scholarly approach make this set suitable for academic and research libraries and large public libraries. --Sally Jane Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Historians and state lovers rejoice. Shearer (State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols) brings us his expertise in a new form. The essays in this three-volume set bestow upon readers a wonderful history of our country. To those who wish to learn more about a particular state, the essays provide rich detail and can act as a starting point for deeper research. To those who want to learn more about the history of the country, the essays combine to paint a colorful picture, from a viewpoint few outside upper-level and graduate history courses ever see. Detailed, well written, and quite appealing, the essays comprise bite-sized overview of each state, discussions of such issues as a state's population at statehood and the origin of the state's name, and a map showing its location. Between the introduction and conclusion each essay is a different animal, based on the state and the scholar who wrote it. Bottom Line This superb set is essential for historians, history buffs, and anyone looking for a unique perspective on how our country came to be what it is today. Recommended for all libraries.-Manya Chylinski, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapters by State Alphabetically
Appendix I State's Date of Entry into the Union, Listed Alphabetically