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Ironically, Does Not Discuss HOW the States got their Shapes, for the Most Part
on May 28, 2013
A more accurate title for this production would be "Interesting Stories about States." I asked for this item as a gift because I assumed (I know... foolish me) that it would spend a majority of the time talking about how various states got their shapes... IE, their borders.
For example, the state of Maine: One of the most disputed and interesting borders in US history. There was a whole treaty about it (google the "Webster-Ashburton Treaty"). I figured at least a few minutes would be spent discussing the history of the treaty, why it was needed, what the claims were, etc., and then another few minutes reviewing the practical implications of it (for example, the border runs to the mouth of xyz lake, and how surveyors interpreted that exact point, etc.). Rather, we got a moderately interesting discussion of modern demographic disparities in Maine, how northern Mainers differ from coastal Mainers, and how some wish to split into 2 states. Then, after all that, a 10 second mention that the border was disputed between the US and England and then negotiated.
You can find far more info on the actual shapes of the states on Wikipedia.
However, I'm not saying that the video is totally worthless. If you are interested in learning about the history of ranching in Florida, or Gerrymandering, or a debate regarding which state has the best barbecue, or the proposed "State of Jefferson" (a split off movement of Northern California and parts of Oregon), than this is what you want!
It was just not what I was looking for. But it is well done... 3 stars for production quality.