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