How the States Got Their Shapes

How the States Got Their Shapes

eBook - 2009
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We are so familiar with the map of the United States that our state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers. But every edge of the familiar wooden jigsaw pieces of our childhood represents a revealing moment of history and of, well, humans drawing lines in the sand. This is the first book to tackle why our state lines are where they are. Packed with oddities and trivia, this entertaining guide also reveals the major fault lines of American history, from ideological intrigues and religious intolerance to major territorial acquisitions. Adding the fresh lens of local geographic disputes, military skirmishes, and land grabs, Mark Stein shows how the seemingly haphazard puzzle pieces of our nation fit together perfectly.--From publisher description.
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins, 2009
ISBN: 9780061899867
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary


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Jul 17, 2015

It was really interesting, especially the states where I've lived.

May 24, 2011

Great premise, horrible book. There are 51 chapters - in alphabetical order - that range from two to eight pages. This is the opposite of a page turner. Stein isn't a historian, and he actually admits in his introduction that most of his research came from an online atlas.

Jun 24, 2009

Mark Stein walks the reader through a virtual geographic tour of our fifty states, describing how each of them got its unique northern, southern, eastern and western borders.

While initially interesting, by the time the reader is about halfway through, it starts to feel repetitive. For example, once you've read about how Iowa got its northern border, reading about how Minnesota got its southern border feels redundant. Still, an interesting lesson in history and politics.


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