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Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It
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This is American history they don’t teach you in class: Discover the “fascinating, funny” stories of the states that never were, from Texlahoma to West Florida (The New Yorker)
 
Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass? Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo. Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union. Others never had a chance. Many are still trying. Consider:
 
Frontier legend Daniel Boone once proposed a state of Transylvania in the Appalachian wilderness. His plan was resurrected a few years later with the new name of Kentucky.
Residents of bucolic South Jersey wanted to secede from their urban north Jersey neighbors and form the fifty-first state.
 
The Gold Rush territory of Nataqua could have made a fine state—but since no women were willing to live there, the settlers gave up and joined California.
 
Each story offers a fascinating glimpse at the nation we might have become—along with plenty of absurd characters, bureaucratic red tape, and political gamesmanship. Accompanying these tales are beautifully rendered maps detailing the proposed state boundaries, plus images of real-life artifacts and ephemera. Welcome to the world of Lost States!
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Michael J. Trinklein. (2014). Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It. Quirk Books.

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This is American history they don’t teach you in class: Discover the “fascinating, funny” stories of the states that never were, from Texlahoma to West Florida (The New Yorker)
 
Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass? Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo. Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union. Others never had a chance. Many are still trying. Consider:
 
Frontier legend Daniel Boone once proposed a state of Transylvania in the Appalachian wilderness. His plan was resurrected a few years later with the new name of Kentucky.
Residents of bucolic South Jersey wanted to secede from their urban north Jersey neighbors and form the fifty-first state.
 
The Gold Rush territory of Nataqua could have made a fine state—but since no women were willing to live there, the settlers gave up and joined California.
 
Each story offers a fascinating glimpse at the nation we might have become—along with plenty of absurd characters, bureaucratic red tape, and political gamesmanship. Accompanying these tales are beautifully rendered maps detailing the proposed state boundaries, plus images of real-life artifacts and ephemera. Welcome to the world of Lost States!
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        "We all know the 50 states, but how much do you know about the hundreds of statehood proposals that never came to pass? These fascinating maps of states that might have been are from Michael J. Trinklein's Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It."

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        Most readers might not know that there was once a plan to carve a new state called Lincoln from northern Idaho and eastern Washington, or that east Texas could have been called the state of Jacinto. Trinklein, who has written and produced PBS documentaries, has put together an entertaining book about the many failed proposals for states in American history. Listing the "lost states" alphabetically by proposed name, the book ranges from early settlements such as Charlotina in the mid-1700s (i.e., not a lost state, but a lost colony), proposed as a territory covering what became several Midwest states, to the 1974 proposal of the state of Navajo in the Southwest. There were greedy schemes like mercenary William Walker's Sonora proposal in California and urban movements to make states out of cities, e.g., New York and Washington, DC. Trinklein uses historical sources and overlays the proposed states upon reproduced period maps to show colorfully where they would have existed. He makes the more complex schemes understandable and uses humor to move the stories along. VERDICT This book is geared to the general reader and has a larger format that encourages perusal. It is recommended for history, geography, and general trivia buffs.Bryan Craig, MLS, Nellsyford, VA

        Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass? Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo. Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union. Others never had a chance. Many are still trying. Consider:
 
Frontier legend Daniel Boone once proposed a state of Transylvania in the Appalachian wilderness. His plan was resurrected a few years later with the new name of Kentucky.
Residents of bucolic South Jersey wanted to secede from their urban north Jersey neighbors and form the fifty-first state.
 
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