Stamp printed in USA show Ohio State Sesquice — Stock Photo #5249989

Did Ohio become a state in 1803 or 1953?  This is not a new debate, but I was thinking about it yesterday (I’m not sure why), so I thought I’d throw it up on the internet.  Maybe it popped into my head because of my recent posts on U.S. states and the recent news that Mississippi just now got around to ratifying the 13th Amendment due to a clerical error (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/02/mississippi-officially-abolishes-slavery-ratifies-13th-amendment/).

This site seems to cover the Ohio statehood topic pretty well: http://www.thegreenpapers.com/slg/explanation-ohio-statehood.phtml.

Nevada’s admission as a state also seems a bit shady: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevada_in_the_American_Civil_War.

I don’t have a lot of commentary to add here, nor do I have a strong opinion about these issues, but I just thought they were interesting things to consider and I wanted to share them with other people.  Basically, I find history to be weird and complex.  We often get a very simple version of history from news sources and schools that often tries to ignore the messy stuff.  I like exploring the messy stuff.

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