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America's First Secession: The Lost State of Franklin Fell Just Short of Admission to the Young Union
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  • Kevin T. Barksdale, Marshall University
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Publication Date
7-1-2011
Abstract
On Dec. 14, 1784, a small assemblage of Tennessee Valley leading men met at a rustic courthouse in Jonesboro, N.C. under a darkening cloud of political uncertainty, 28 western political and economic leaders voted overwhelmingly to declare their communities' independence from their parent state of North Carolina and to form America's 14th state- Franklin.
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This article first appeared in the July/August 2011 issue of The History Channel Magazine, the member magazine of The History Channel, and is reprinted with permission.

©2011 The History Channel

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Barksdale, Kevin T. "America's First Secession: The Lost State of Franklin Fell Just Short of Admission to the Young Union." The History Channel Magazine July (2011): 40-44. Print.