Breaking Barriers: Statehood

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President John Tyler's first attempt to annex Texas into the United States in 1844. Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration
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President John Tyler's first attempt to annex Texas into the United States in 1844.

Statehood Records
A collection of House documents regarding statehood.

Westward Expansion Records
House records related to the United States’ westward expansion efforts.

“From Democracy’s Borderlands: Hispanic Congressional Representation in the Era of U.S. Continental Expansion, 1822-1898”
A collection of essays covering the first era of Hispanic Americans in Congress within the context of continental expansion.

The Admission of California into the Union
A historical highlight contextualizing California’s statehood.

The Veto of the Omnibus Southern States Admission Bill
A historical highlight describing the 1868 Southern State Admission bill, which aimed to allow Southern states to rejoin the Union.

Hawaii Four-9
A blog outlining the unsuccessful efforts to admit Hawaii as the 49th state.

Featured Objects and Records

49 Stars for Old Glory
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Hawaiian Delegate Samuel Wilder King proudly showed off the 49th star on this unofficial U.S. flag in 1935. Read more about this object.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
A Souvenir of the Trip of the Congressional Party to Hawaii in 1915 Booklet
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Hawaii’s Territorial Delegate Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole gave this souvenir book to Members of Congress during a trip to Hawaii to educate them about the territory and make a case for statehood. Read more about this object.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Souvenir of Tulsa, I.T.
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This record is part of the bill file for H.R. 12707, “An Act to enable to the people of Oklahoma and the Indian Territory to for a constitution and State government to be admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States.” Read more about this record.
Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration
Utah Territory Mail Routes
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This map, circa 1863-1865, shows existing and proposed southern mail routes in the Utah Territory. Read more about this record.
Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration
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