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Statehood and North Dakota’s Birthday

After returning from an interesting and fun weekend in Des Moines, IA, I again attended to my duties as TA in North Dakota History. Yesterday was quite interesting, as we finally were able to talk about North Dakota History as a state. It was made all the more special because the date of statehood for North Dakota was November 2, 1889, so we were talking about the creation of the state on its 120th birthday, which was the first time doing so according to Dr. Porter. We learned about the state constitution and how the eastern part of the state received almost all the state institutions via Article XIX. Further, we learned a bit about the vote on prohibition of alcohol, which led to the border towns in Minnesota (E. Grand Forks, Moorhead, and Breckenridge) becoming wild partying places. The railroad influenced the early period of the state heavily, including with elevators and grain grading, which benefitted those loyal to the lines, while punishing those who did not tow the line. I will be lecturing tomorrow since Dr. Porter will be out of town. I will post later today about class, as we will be visited by Dr. Hans Broedel, but more on that later. I hope you had a Happy Halloween and a good weekend.

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