The other day in the car, my daughters and I were passing the time playing the state capitals’ game. I would call out “Alaska”; they would yell “Juneau!”
How about “Franklin?” “Huh?”
Haven’t been there? Actually, there’s a good chance that you have if you’ve traveled much around our region. But don’t worry; you didn’t sleep through class the day your teacher covered Franklin.
Historically speaking, Franklin was the first state to organize after the original thirteen. It just never received the two-thirds vote necessary to be admitted into the Union (only seven states voted to add it). As a result, Franklin lived a very short life. The state was born in what is now Jonesborough, Tenn. in 1784, when residents of the area seceded from North Carolina over fears that they were being left unprotected by their leaders to the east of the mountains. After troubles with Indian nations in the area and other problems, the fledgling state was