Our States Have Crazy Shapes: Panhandles, Bootheels, Knobs and Points

Our States Have Crazy Shapes: Panhandles, Bootheels, Knobs and Points

Our States Have Crazy Shapes: Panhandles, Bootheels, Knobs and Points

Our States Have Crazy Shapes: Panhandles, Bootheels, Knobs and Points

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Overview

Our States Have Crazy Shapes is a book that describes in layman's terms the behind-the-scenes decisions that caused our leaders to carve odd shapes on our map. Who decided that Michigan should have the Upper Peninsula when that landmass is actually attached to Wisconsin? What's up with that bootheel, Missouri? Why did the shapes of our states get noticeably square as we moved west? Why are some of our states so big and others so small? "Our States Have Crazy Shapes" answers these questions and more. Bonus chapters describe border battles that continue to this day, as well as how Mother Nature has played a part in creating our map outlines. Debates on where to divide two states, or border wars in which two sides claimed rights to the same property, often reflected events in our country or the influence of powerful and persuasive people. The Missouri bootheel exists because of a wealthy Arkansas landowner who lobbied Congress to include his property in Missouri. The panhandle of Oklahoma exists because of the division in our country over slavery. Every state has a story, and every story defines our country. Each state has its own chapter and the chapters are presented in the order in which the states were ratified. Easy-to-read maps help the reader understand the evolution of how colonies became territories and how territories became states. For educators, the book addresses 23 (Minnesota) State Standards for grades 4-9. Readers of this book, in search of interesting trivia, will find they accidentally learn some fascinating American history.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997396706
Publisher: Lynn Garthwaite
Publication date: 09/14/2016
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Lynn Garthwaite is the author of the Dirkle Smat Adventure Series - mysteries for young learners just starting to read chapter books.

Her passion for children's literacy also compelled Lynn to start a non-profit called Books on Wings® which devotes itself to closing the achievement gap, one child at a time.
She lives in Minnesota where she is proud of that spunky little topknot on its northern border. (And yes, there is an explanation for that).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments | 10

Introduction: Dividing the Land | 13

Hey – This Stuff Is Interesting! | 21

Squiggly States in the East, Boxy States in the West | 21

States That Didn’t Make the Final Cut: Franklin and Deseret | 23

A River Runs Through It, and That’s a Problem | 27

Water Fights, But of a Different Kind | 29

Jefferson’s Ideal of Equal States | 31

Chapter 1: Delaware | 33

Chapter 2: Pennsylvania | 37

Chapter 3: New Jersey | 41

Chapter 4: Georgia | 45

Chapter 5: Connecticut | 49

Chapter 6: Massachusetts | 53

Chapter 7: Maryland | 57

Chapter 8: South Carolina | 61

Chapter 9: New Hampshire | 65

Chapter 10: Virginia | 69

Chapter 11: New York | 73

Chapter 12: North Carolina | 77

Chapter 13: Rhode Island | 81

Chapter 14: Vermont | 85

Chapter 15: Kentucky | 89

Chapter 16: Tennessee | 93

Chapter 17: Ohio | 97

Chapter 18: Louisiana | 101

Chapter 19: Indiana | 105

Chapter 20: Mississippi | 109

Chapter 21: Illinois | 113

Chapter 22: Alabama | 117

Chapter 23: Maine | 121

Chapter 24: Missouri | 123

Chapter 25: Arkansas | 127

Chapter 26: Michigan | 131

Chapter 27: Florida | 135

Chapter 28: Texas | 139

Chapter 29: Iowa | 143

Chapter 30: Wisconsin | 147

Chapter 31: California | 151

Chapter 32: Minnesota | 155

Chapter 33: Oregon | 159

Chapter 34: Kansas | 163

Chapter 35: West Virginia | 167

Chapter 36: Nevada | 171

Chapter 37: Nebraska | 175

Chapter 38: Colorado | 179

Chapter 39: North Dakota | 183

Chapter 40: South Dakota | 185

Chapter 41: Montana | 189

Chapter 42: Washington | 193

Chapter 43: Idaho | 197

Chapter 44: Wyoming | 201

Chapter 45: Utah | 203

Chapter 46: Oklahoma | 207

Chapter 47: New Mexico | 211

Chapter 48: Arizona | 215

Chapter 49: Alaska | 219

Chapter 50: Hawaii | 223

Glossary | 227

Bibliography | 233

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