The States

The History Channel (ended 2007)
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  • Discover the unique history of five American states in each episode of this sharp new series from the History Channel. Famous legends, obscure facts, locals and celebrities and the rich history of each state will be explored in this 10 part series. Using state of the art computer imaging and 3D maps, go on a never before seen tour of each state in the union.

  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Maryland, D.C

    Aired 6/23/07

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Pt. 10


  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Michigan, Tennessee, Maine, Missouri, South Dakota

    Aired 6/16/07

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Virginia, Ohio, Idaho, Alabama, North Dakota

    Aired 6/9/07

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Illinois, Connecticut, Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming

    Aired 6/2/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Edward Herrmann


  • Bob Schieffer


  • Jane Alexander (I)


  • Glenn Campbell


  • Tom Arnold


  • Photos (1)
  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (52)

    • Narrator: This next states highest mountain has claimed the lives of over 100 people, many of whom succumb to hypothermia. With winds clocked at over 200 miles per hour, wind chill temperatures at the summit have been known to reach -120 degrees Fahrenheit. All this at an elevation of less the 6,300 feet. Greetings from New Hampshire, the 9th state to join the Union, which it did on June 21st, 1788.

    • Narrator: There is a North Dakota and a South Dakota, there is a North Carolina and a South Carolina, but there is only one state in America that is a West anything. Greetings from West Virginia, the Mountain State became the 35th to join the Union on June 20th, 1863.

    • Narrator: One by one territories joined together creating a patchwork nation of 50 different states. United, but each with its own history, spirit, culture and landmarks. Let’s explore the history of five of them.

    • Narrator: This state’s name means nothing. It’s a completely fabricated word first used to describe a mythical land in a 16th century Spanish novel. Greeting from California, still a mythical place to many.

    • Narrator: There are military bases scattered throughout America but only one state can claim to be home to Fort Bragg, a massive complex that cover 251 square miles and houses 48,000 military personell. Greetings from North Carolina, the 12th of the original 13 colonies to join the Union, which it did on November 21st 1789.

    • Narrator: Even though this state is hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, you’ll find lots of seashells here, fossilized in stone. 35 million years ago it was the bottom of a huge inland sea which helps account for its flat terrain. Greetings from Kansas, it became the 34th state to join the Union on January 29th, 1861.

    • Narrator: Before Davy Crockett fought and died in this state he served three terms as a Tennessee Congressman, but when he left Washington for good he told his colleagues: “You may all go to Hell, I’m going to Texas.” Greeting from Texas, the 28th state which joined the Union on December 29th, 1845.

    • Narrator: This next state was founded by religious extremists who did not believe in the separation of church and state. Since those early days it has evolved into what may be America’s most liberal state, leading the way in the abolition of slavery and in support of universal education and healthcare. Greetings from Massachusetts, one of the original 13 colonies and the 6th state to join the Union.

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