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The Lost State of FranklinAmerica's First Secession$
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Kevin T. Barksdale

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125213

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125213.001.0001

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Epilogue: Finding Frankland

Epilogue: Finding Frankland

The Legacy of Separatism in the Twentieth Century

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(p.184) Epilogue: Finding Frankland
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The Lost State of Franklin
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Kevin T. Barksdale

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125213.003.0010

This section reveals that the state of Franklin stood briefly as America's unrecognized 14th state. The defenders of statehood tried to cast their movement in the most favourable political and historical light possible. Further, throughout the twentieth century, the historical legacy of the state of Franklin continued to be a source of state and local pride and an effective symbol for the promotion of economic improvements and political interests within East Tennessee. The section concludes that the history and memory of the state of Franklin continue to evolve, as critics and supporters of the Franklinites defend their positions in the pages of history books, in the words of patriotic oratories, and on the bronzed plaques of marbled monuments. From the carefully crafted popular images of Franklin contemporaries to the historiographical wars waged in print, Franklin has never been and will never be a “lost” state.

Keywords:   Franklin, 14th state, East Tennessee, Franklinites, lost state

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