Name the states and presidents in order

Here’s another bit of a weekend time-waster courtesy of Sporcle.  It requires you to name the presidents and states in order of either election or admission.  I fell just short of finishing in time.

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Ken Burns’ The Vowels

A dead on accurate spoof of the Ken Burns’ overstuffed documentary approach to history.  I can hardly wait for the consonants sequel!

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Republican Party Platform 1860

One hundred and fifty years ago this country was involved in the most momentous Presidential Election before or since.  It is interesting to look at the Republican Party Platform from that election.  Other posts will look at the other party platforms in that election.  Slavery and threats to the Union dominate, and the language of the platform in these areas is clear and direct.  The platform also calls for a protective tariff, appropriations for river and harbor improvements, a homestead act for land for settlers in the West, and a transcontinental railroad.  As a political document it is remarkable for its clarity.  Virtually the entire platform would be enacted in the coming years.  The text of the platform:

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