Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It

Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It

Michael J. Trinklein / Feb 28, 2020
Lost States True Stories of Texlahoma Transylvania and Other States That Never Made It Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida
  • Title: Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It
  • Author: Michael J. Trinklein
  • ISBN: 9781594744105
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union Others never had a chance Many are still trying Consider Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union Others never had a chance Many are still trying Consider Frontier legend Daniel Boone once proposed a state of Transylvania in the Appalachian wilderness his plan was resurrected a few years later with the new name of Kentucky Residents of bucolic South Jersey wanted to secede from their urban north Jersey neighbors and form the fifty first state The Gold Rush territory of Nataqua could have made a fine state but since no women were willing to live there, the settlers gave up and joined California Each story offers a fascinating glimpse at the nation we might have become along with plenty of absurd characters, bureaucratic red tape, and political gamesmanship Accompanying these tales are beautifully rendered maps detailing the proposed state boundaries, plus images of real life artifacts and ephemera Welcome to the world of Lost States
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    1. I saw this book come through at my library, and I thought What a great topic for a book And it is a great topic It s too bad it was, in my opinion, really mishandled.The book has quite a bit of breadth 74 states are covered , but no depth Each state gets two pages, one of which is a full page map The facing page contains pictures which are often only tangentially related to the topic lots of tepid, uncreative jokes and a little information The maps range from interesting to out and out bad one [...]


    2. I wanted to like this book, I really did But it s replete with errors, and for a book that purports to be non fiction, that s a fatal flaw for me especially when it s subtitled True stories of I recognize that this is not an academic textbook, and the author has raised that as his defense, but really, there s no excusing some of the slop here.I found three errors myself, and I m not particularly knowledgeable in this area 1 President McKinley s first name was William, not James Philippines 2 In [...]


    3. I almost really loved this one It covers many, but not all, failed states Each one gets a one page profile, plus a full page map created by the author, usually by superimposing the proposed state on an existing map It was interesting, for the most part, though occassionally repetitive Many of them were simply failed proposals to divide territories, so not much to say Some of them can t be taken even remotely seriously Who really thinks that the European country of Albania has ever seriously been [...]


    4. I love nonfiction books about random topics, and I also love maps Lost States incorporates both things Basically, Trinklein looks at a BUNCH of territories that almost became states, or wished they could become states, or would be really cool if they could become states, etc He covers everything from random ways to divide the Northwest Territory, to the possibility of some of our current states splitting California, Maine, and Texas have all considered it in recent years , to current US territor [...]


    5. As a Social Studies teacher I m always looking for books that make history a bit interesting With that said, being a Social Studies teacher makes that incredibly difficult Since I already find it interesting, I don t know if something is interesting because it is, or because I m already predisposed to thinking it isI thought this book was pretty dang interesting And funny Yeah, there were some errors on a couple maps and maybe they should have been caught by somebody but since a lot of the maps [...]


    6. My first first reads win This is my kind of non fiction book easy to read with lots of pictures or in this case mostly maps A mix of humor and interesting information.The cover unfolds to a full sized map which would be nifty to hang up if I had a library or study A nice looking book.Trinklein who lived in Idaho for 20 years, keeps mentioning Mormons I ve noticed this in 5 Lost States there may even be that I missed Having an LDS background myself, I can not recall a temple being built in Iowa [...]


    7. A poor book about a fascinating subject I give the author credit for his maps, which are mostly lovely, and for a handful of interesting local knowledge facts I had no idea, for example, that Chicago and downstate Illinois were joined together on purpose by Congress to keep downstate from seceding during the Civil War This makes the book worth checking out of the library once Unfortunately, the writing is otherwise awful, thanks to the author s lack of objectivity, flippant attitude toward his p [...]


    8. Trinklein, Michael J True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States that Never Made It Philadelphia Quirk Books, 2010.This was a really interesting book Though by book, it is not so much a narrative, but closer to an encyclopedia of states that wanted to be states but never were states Within each entry, however, the writing is clear and amusing as well as being informative This book is great for the American history enthusiasts or for that person who just likes to know about trivia.E [...]


    9. Ever heard of the state of Lincoln Probably not it doesn t exist But, if you ve ever driven through northern Idaho, you ve passed through what many natives wanted to be Lincoln, U.S.A Did you know that if President Buchanan had had his way in 1853, the Mexican states of Sonora, Chihuahua, and Baja California would be part of the United States Find these and many other interesting tidbits of Americana in Lost States True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It Pack [...]


    10. I love books with this kind of historical trivia, but some of the glaring factual mistakes typos in it detracted from my enjoyment It refers to President William McKinley as James McKinley p 101 , and refers to President Buchanan in 1853 p 68 , when President Buchanan didn t take office until 1857 The event the book referred to did take place in 1853 under President Pierce These and minor typos such as misspelling the town of Decatur, IL as Decator , made me wonder whether the other things I rea [...]


    11. An interesting concept, executed poorly Was very disappointed in the lack of depth and glossing over the majority of the interesting details, usually to make far too easy jokes.If anything, the book reinforced the importance of political geography that I read about in Prisoners of Geography, but this was boring and shallow.That s what I get for buying at a bookstore that has everything 70% off Not all independent bookstores are good bookstores


    12. This is an awesome book a somewhat cheeky history of states that never were and, in most cases, never should be From reading this book I have discovered that the top three reasons for making a new state are in order 1 Money you have a lot and you want to cut out the poor people in the other half of the state 2 Dislike of people who aren t like you different language, religion, hairstyle etc 3 Being a crazy person who believes that they have some mystical insight into the way the world should be. [...]


    13. Great idea that is poorly executed Molly, the editors should never have allowed the errors to get into print Still it has a lot of pretty maps and the idea of how otherwise this country could have been divided is fine for musing Suggestion Make your library acquire it and save the expense since it is unlikely to be something you want on your shelf.


    14. Fun and interesting information in a friendly format beside beautiful maps A great choice for a coffee table book.I was hoping for information and less commentary but beggers can t be choosers.I wish Yazoo had become a state


    15. Lost States True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other State That Never Made It By Michael J Trinklein, is a historical novel that goes through time to introduce you to many of the territories that were quite nearly made into states, and some that weren t close at all, but still had a very unique story to tell Trinklein delves into the fun side of history, from CIA maps of Panama, to facts that could impress your history teacher, Trinklein makes sure to keep history enjoyable all while m [...]


    16. An amusing read and good fun for fans of what if scenarios and alternate history Though I really have to ding the author for referring to Confederate President Jefferson Davis and somehow adding a picture of not just the wrong Jefferson Davis, but an obscure one Granted any but THE JD is obscure.



    17. We all know the fifty states as they are today And for those of us who have grown up since Alaska and Hawaii were admitted fifty years ago, it seems like there have always been fifty, and will always be fifty But the real history of the United States has been much fluid than that Over the course of the last few centuries, there have been hundreds of proposals for states, and only fifty of them made the cut Author Michael J Trinklein has sorted through the others the ones that didn t make it and [...]


    18. Who wants to live in the breakaway territory of Nataqua Apparently no women did, so it failed to acquire the population necessary for statehood Anyone favor living in Transylvania It was a failed state, in what would later become Kentucky, proposed by Daniel Boone How about the state known as Chicago You read that last sentence right, the great city of Chicago once had aspirations of becoming its own state This was mostly born out of anger at not having enough representation in the state governm [...]


    19. The boundaries we see on maps of the United States are so familiar and stable that they might as well be carved into the very bedrock of North America right Well, that turns out not to be the case The shapes of the fifty states, their number, and even the physical extent of the U.S as a whole could have turned out very differently indeed, had various historical tipping points gone the other way.This slim large format book starts out as a fascinating A to Z compendium of those might have beens al [...]


    20. This is another book that I won in a contest from GoodReads First Reads It s actually one I might have picked up at the bookstore anyway because I m always interested in offbeat historical information.First off, the book was extremely entertaining If I hadn t had so many interruptions, I probably would have read it in one sitting It s really a fast read The stories are concise 1 page in length and the maps give added context Add to that, the author throws in some humor to make it even enjoyable [...]


    21. Won through.Lost States True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made it is a book that s right up my alley I love history and geography and this book combines both of them The book gave lots of really great information about why different states didn t make it Most were just little pipe dreams, some actually came very close to statehood, and others are other countries that might ve become territories if not states I was hoping for a bit in depth information along t [...]


    22. This could have been a four star book the subject matter is interesting and entertaining, and the maps are great for people that like maps Basically, each state that almost was is presented in two to four pages, with a well drawn map or overlay to historical maps, along with some illustrations.The only problem was the entirely gratuitous contemporary politics brought into it For some reason the author found it necessary to insult G.W Bush several times throughout the book The comparisons added n [...]


    23. I received this book for free through First Reads program and I m glad I did What a fun book You certainly could read it straight through, but it is a lot fun to pick it up and read about a few states at a time and really savor the book This book tells the stories of states that might have been The first one I read was about the state of Chicago It came as a big surprise to me as a girl from downstate anything outside of Chicago that in the early 1900 s Chicago tried to leave the state of Illin [...]


    24. From the earliest history of the United States to the present day, here are seventy four stories of States that didn t make the cut The stories of failed attempts to carve up what would eventually become the fifty States, and a few that are well beyond the current borders where the USA has attempted to expand either by design or the instigation of individuals as famous as Daniel Boone to a lot of historical figures who might be completely forgotten except for books like this This isn t entirely [...]


    25. This was a fun little volume Each 2 page spread contained a map on one side of the territory in question and a textual history on the other The histories are light and light hearted, of a cocktail party discussion than historical dissertation.The list of proposals and oddities included are really widely spread, from failed colonial ventures through 1800 s colonial adventurism to modern protest publicity stunts Added to that are various foreign territories and countries that someone though ripe [...]


    26. An entertaining coffee table or bathroom book with great maps and short descriptions of over 70 states that never came into being Many were never than a gleam in the eye of a potential founder but others almost made it to the map The maps of each state are good quality and the dust cover unfolds to reveal a fictional map of the US.Unfortunately, in the first reads edition I received, the editor missed several errors, some mentioned in other reviews The one that jumped out at me was in the decsr [...]


    27. This book could be shelved not only in the Geography section, but also in the Humor area I was completely surprised at how funny Trinklein is think Dave Barry A quick read, but very informative Trinklein takes us through an alphabetical listing of states that could have been Interestingly, many of these proposed states might have been on the map if not for one thing holding it back population Many smaller areas of one state disagreed with politics or lifestyles going on in a larger area of the s [...]


    28. I won this book in First Reads Calculating my odds would be too much trouble there were 50 copies available, and 1544 people requesting, so the odds are approximately 3%.It s been over a month, and I haven t received the book I contacted the person who organized the giveaway, and I finally got the book It s a cool book I like the fact that the book jackets unfolds into a map on the back It s humorous I didn t expect that One of the first things I noticed was this state on the map Forgottonia Res [...]


    29. This book could have been much better, but suffered from the author s tone of trying to make everything funny Published by Quirk Books, I was not entirely surprised that humor won out over information, but the amount of research that the author apparently did for this book was not best captured in this presentation I d almost like to see a companion book by the author, published with information about fewer of the lost states Which brings up another flaw in this book while many of the considere [...]


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