How the States Got Their Shapes

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Hardcover, Collins, 2008, ISBN13 9780061431388, ISBN10 0061431389
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Hardcover, Collins, 2008, ISBN13 9780061431388, ISBN10 0061431389

Why does Oklahoma have that panhandle? Did someone make a mistake?

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. Even the oddities--the entire state of Maryland( )--have become so engrained that our map might as well be a giant jigsaw puzzle designed by Divine Providence. But that's where the real mystery begins. 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.

How the States Got Their Shapes is the first book to tackle why our state lines are where they are. Here are the stories behind the stories, right down to the tiny northward jog at the eastern end of Tennessee and the teeny-tiny (and little known) parts of Delaware that are not attached to Delaware but to New Jersey.

How the States Got Their Shapes examines: Why West Virginia has a finger creeping up the side of PennsylvaniaWhy Michigan has an upper peninsula that isn't attached to MichiganWhy some Hawaiian islands are not HawaiiWhy Texas and California are so outsized, especially when so many Midwestern states are nearly identical in size

Packed with fun 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.

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Number of Pages: 332
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: Stein, Mark
Publisher: Harpercollins
Publication Date: June, 2008
ISBN-13: 9780061431388
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.50 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10: 0061431389
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This book has the potential to be great. However, the black and white maps are dull and boring. Maps should be bright and colorful to entice one to journey to new territories and to learn more about new places. Rather than a "fun" book as I expected, it gives the apprearance of a bad geography book. Doubt my 12 year old granddaughter will enjoy this gift.

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