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Was Roger Williams too pure for the Puritans, and what does that have to do with Rhode Island? Why did Augustine Herman take ten years to complete the map that established Delaware? How did Rocky Mountain rogues help create the state of Colorado? All this and more is explained in Mark Stein's new book, How the States Got Their Shapes Too.
Looking at American history through the lens of its borders, How the States Got Their Shapes Too follows the format of Stein’s previous book, How the States Got Their Shapes– but while How The States Got Their Shapes told us "why", this book tells us "who". This personal element in the boundary stories reveals the similarities and differences between who we are today and those who came before us. Their collective stories reveal not only an historical arc, but the often overlooked human dimension in that arc that led to the nation we are today.
Each chapter is largely driven by voices from aspecific time, in the form of excerpts from congressional debates, newspapers, magazines, personal letters, and diaries.