The States

The History Channel (ended 2007)


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Maryland, D.C
      Georgia: Stone Mountain Colorado: The Denver Mint Wisconsin: Dive under the Great Lakes Nebraska: The Homestead Act Maryland: Creating D.C.
    • Pt. 10
      Pt. 10
      Episode 10
      Stone Mountain, Georgia, a monument to three heroes of the Confederacy, dwarfs Mt. Rushmore. The Denver Mint in Colorado, which produces the most coins in the world, started out during Colorado's gold and silver boom of the 1860s as a private bank. Wisconsin's Great Lakes are littered with sunken ships, but the cold, fresh waters keep aging vessels intact. One hundred, sixty acres of free land made available by The Homestead Act of 1862 drew settlers to Nebraska's plains. Maryland soil helped found the District of Columbia, but the District's Federal status denies it any state's rights of its own.moreless
    • Michigan, Tennessee, Maine, Missouri, South Dakota
      Michigan: Tour the logging industry Tennessee: The legend of Davy Crocket Maine: Lobster fishing Missouri: The “Gateway to the West” South Dakota: Gold in the Black Hills.
    • Virginia, Ohio, Idaho, Alabama, North Dakota
      Virginia: Home of the first British colony. Ohio: The Gravity Grand Prix Idaho: One of the richest mineral states Alabama: Learn about Winston County in the Civil War North Dakota: Explore Teddy Roosevelt’s ranch.
    • Illinois, Connecticut, Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming
      Illinois: Explore the mystery of the Cahokia Connecticut: Tour the shipyards Nevada: Tour the Comstock Lode Mississippi: Travel the Mississippi Delta Wyoming: Explore Yellowstone
    • Pt. 7
      Pt. 7
      Episode 7
      The Cahokia civilization thrived in the region known today as Illinois, from 700 to 1400 AD, but when the culture mysteriously disappeared, it left behind pyramids that rivaled those of ancient Egypt. Changing with the times, Connecticut's shipbuilders shifted from sails to steam to diesel power, culminating in the construction of the first nuclear submarine. The 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, world's largest silver deposit, prompted the Federal government to offer statehood to Nevada, a region it had previously written off as worthless desert. Work chants, gospel and traditional folk music were combined in the Mississippi Delta to create an original American art form--the Blues. The first frontiersmen to report the wonders of Yellowstone, Wyoming, were thought to be either crazy or lying.moreless
    • Florida, Indiana, Washington, Utah, Rhode Island
      Florida: Explore the swamps. Indiana: See the beginnings on the Indy 500. Washington: Relive the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Utah: Join the Mormons. Rhode Island: Learn about Roger Williams.
    • Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Hawaii, South Carolina, Montana
      Pennsylvania: Learn the history of Groundhog Day. Minnesota: Talk with Garrison Keeler. Hawaii: The only state that had royalty. South Carolina: Find out where the first submarine attack took place. Montana: Go digging for dinosaur fossils.
    • New Jersey, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alaska
      New Jersey: Relive George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River. Arizona: Visit the Grand Canyon Kentucky: Learn about Daniel Boone. Oklahoma: Join the great land grab. Alaska: See the building of the Alaska Pipeline.
    • Pt. 4
      Pt. 4
      Episode 4
      Crossing the icy Delaware River on Christmas night, 1776, allowed George Washington to surprise the British at Trenton, a critical American victory in the Revolutionary War. One of the world's most recognizable natural landmarks, the Grand Canyon, defies the imaginations of the five million people who visit there annually. Pioneer Daniel Boone blazed the Wilderness Trail through Kentucky in 1775 and tamed the wild frontier. The opening of "The Unassigned Lands" in Oklahoma resulted in 50,000 settlers racing across the prairie to grab a stake and claim ownership of a homestead. The discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in 1975 called for an ingenious feat of engineering to transport fuel across 800 miles of icy wilderness.moreless
    • New York, Louisiana, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont
      New York: Discover the origins of New York as a Dutch colony. Louisiana: Find out the origin of Cajun culture. Oregon: Travel the Oregon Trail. New Mexico: Visit the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Vermont: Discover the origin of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
    • Texas, Massachusetts, Arkansas Iowa, Delaware
      Texas: See where oil was discovered in 1901 Massachusetts: See how the Puritans started a war with Native Americans Arkansas: Learn of the struggle to integrate Central High School in 1957 Iowa: See Presidential candidates meet with farmers. Delaware: Learn about Caesar Rodney in 1776.
    • Pt. 2
      Pt. 2
      Episode 2
      Another history lesson filled with surprising facts, figures and stories from five American states. Texas hit the jackpot in 1901 with the discovery of oil at Spindletop Well in Beaumont. Puritans came to Massachusetts to escape religious persecution, but their own zeal to convert Native Americans led to one of the bloodiest wars in US history. Arkansas, 1957--nine African American high school students attempted to enroll at Little Rock's Central High School and made Civil Rights history. During the Iowa Caucuses farmers rub elbows with would-be presidents. Finally, Delaware patriot Caesar Rodney rode into history in 1776 when he raced 80 miles on horseback to break the deadlocked vote for American independence.moreless
    • California, North Carolina, Kansas, New Hampshire, West Virginia
      California: Gold at Setter’s Mill started the largest migration in history. North Carolina: Visit the tobacco fields Kansas: Visit the Aviation Capital of America & Dodge City New Hampshire: See where the first act of rebellion in the Revolutionary War took place. West Virginia: Learn about the Battle of Blair Mountainmoreless
    • Pt. 1
      Pt. 1
      Episode 1
      Take a history lesson filled with surprising facts, figures and stories from five American states. In California, see how the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, in 1848 started the largest migration in US history, and then learn how scientists are currently trying to predict the next big earthquake. Next it's off to North Carolina's tobacco fields and the mystery of Roanoke--the lost colony. Wichita, Kansas is the "Aviation Capital of America" and Wyatt Earp put Dodge City on the map. New Hampshire is the state where the first act of open rebellion in America's Revolutionary War took place and the first presidential primary each election season is held. Finally, learn about The Battle of Blair Mountain, West Virginia, where in 1921, over 10,000 unionizing coal miners faced off with state and federal troops in what was one of the largest armed uprisings in America since the Civil War.moreless