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"We, the States..." by Steve Payne

Author says: what if the concept of consolidated government had failed to gain the necessary support at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).


In 1941, May 29th: on this day in Philadelphia, the governing body of the USA, the Congress of the Confederation was pleased to welcome the elected representatives of the newly incorporated state of Jefferson.

Located on the Pacific Coast, the territory was formed from the contiguous and mostly rural area of Southern Oregon and Northern California, where several attempts to secede from Oregon and California, respectively, had taken place in order to gain own statehood.

Indeed, it was the willingness of the Confederation to respond flexibly to the re-organisation of territories that was key to the survival of the United States since 1776. Having shot down the faulty logic of the Federalists who attempted to hijack the Philadelphia Convention, it was a primary goal for the American leadership to faciltate territory realignment to ensure that the States were economically and socially viable.

And the recognition of that success was surely the naming of the State after Thomas Jefferson, who alongside Patrick Henry, had done most to frustrate the nightmarish vision of James Madison and Alexander Hamilton who desired the emergence of a consolidated Federal Government that would crush States Rights.

Author says original content has been repurposed to celebrate the author's genius Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made it by Michael J. Trinklein (2010) . To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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