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On this day, the state of Franklin starts its brief existence

August 23, 2019 By NCC Staff

On August 23, 1784, the self-proclaimed state of Franklin broke away from North Carolina and attempted an experiment at self-rule, in a dispute over land grants and sovereignty.

On this day, we added the 50th state

August 21, 2019 By NCC Staff

Hawaii joined the Union on this day in 1959, an act that remains historically significant but not without controversy.

The vote that led to the 19th Amendment

August 18, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On the anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, we look back at a young politician whose unexpected vote in the Tennessee state legislature gave all women the right to vote.

On this day, the 19th Amendment joins the Constitution

August 18, 2019 By Michael Boyd

On this day in 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, ensuring that the amendment guaranteeing a woman’s right to vote would be adopted into the U.S. Constitution. The 19th Amendment’s ratification was made possible by a long line of advocates dating back to the Founding.

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