The States

Season 1 Episode 6

Florida, Indiana, Washington, Utah, Rhode Island

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM May 26, 2007 on The History Channel
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Florida, Indiana, Washington, Utah, Rhode Island
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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.

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      • Narrator: More than two centuries ago this state was considered such a miserable swamp that Congress debated whether it was even worth acquiring from Spain. That's far from the case today. Greeting from Florida the 27th state to join the Union, which it did on March 3rd, 1845.

      • Narrator: It's the original home of America's car culture. In the early 1920s this state boasted more than 400 individual automobile makers. Greetings from Indiana, the 19th state to join the Union, which it did on December 11th, 1816.

      • Narrator: In this state there is such a schism politically that there have been sporadic movements to create a 51st state out of the eastern part by splitting the current state right down the crest of the Cascade Mountains. But such proposals have rarely gotten out of the state legislature's committee. Greetings from Washington, which was admitted to the Union on November 11th, 1889.

      • Narrator: This state was described as "God-forsaken desert, uninhabitable by man," until 1847 when Brigham Young led his followers halfway across America to the Promised Land. Greetings from Utah, the Bee Hive State, which became the 45th state to enter the Union on January 4th, 1896.

      • Narrator: Many states consider themselves patriotic, but this state remains the only one to celebrate V-J Day, marking the U.S. victory over Japan. Greetings from Rhode Island, the 13th state, admitted to the Union on May 29th,. 1790.

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