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Arts & Culture > Poetry & Prose > How the States Got Their Shapes, Too by Stein

How the States Got Their Shapes, Too by Stein

This book is the sequel to the popular How the States Got Their Shapes, which went state by state in order to define how their various borders came about. I thought that was really interesting and was excited to learn that the writer had opted to do a sequel. This volume is done in much the same style with each chapter focusing on various people who had a major influence on the shapes of the states. These include the famous Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon to the lesser well-known Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, who attempted tirelessly to win statehood for the District of Columbia.

One of the things I enjoyed so much about both books was the strong use of maps and a great narrative writing style that was relaxed while also being informative. The personalities involved are brought to life with Stein's words. In a way, it is hard to put the book down since each chapter runs between 3 and 6 pages.

If you liked the first book or just like American history, this is a must read.

posted on Sept 27, 2011 3:46 PM ()


And then we had/have the politicians who 'played' with dividing districts!
comment by greatmartin on Sept 27, 2011 4:57 PM ()
That would be a totally different story.
reply by lunarhunk on Sept 27, 2011 6:01 PM ()
I've seen the TV show based on "How the States..." and have been thinking about reading the book, because I'm sure it's even better. Now I've got a real incentive, because there's even more in-depth information in this sequel. Thanks for the review AJ.
comment by troutbend on Sept 27, 2011 3:52 PM ()
I am glad you liked it! I thought the book was way better than the series.
reply by lunarhunk on Sept 27, 2011 3:56 PM ()

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