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History

From Lost State to Mountain State: The State of Franklin and the Constitutionality of West Virginia Statehood

Aug 5
  • Date/Time: 8/5/2014 6:00:00 PM - 8/8/2014 8:00:00 PM
  • Venue:WV Archives and History Library
  • Admission:Free

In 1784, the political leaders of what would become eastern Tennessee (then part of the state of North Carolina) initiated an effort to create America’s fourteenth state. Despite their efforts, the state of Franklin ultimately collapsed in early 1788, but not before leaving behind a constitutional legacy that would play a central role in the creation of the state of West Virginia in 1863. This talk will explore the history of the state of Franklin and its impact on the drafting on the United States Constitution and the creation of the Mountain State nearly eighty years later.