Statehood & State History

Part of Civics 101: Know Your Government. Get an overview of how Tennessee became a state.
The text of "A History of Tennessee", written by Dr. Wayne C. Moore, is taken from the TENNESSEE BLUE BOOK. The history of the state is reviewed in a the following sections: The Land and Native People; Struggle for the Frontier; From Territory to Statehood; Tennessee's Coming of Age; The Age of Jackson; The Time of Troubles; Reconstruction and Rebuilding; Early Twentieth Century; and Modern Tennessee.
April 1, 2017 - Born 250 years ago this month, Andrew Jackson remains one of Tennessee's most iconic and controversial political figures. The former United States president is celebrated for his popularity with common folk and his military skills, but reviled for his headstrong temperament and his troubling relations with Native Americans.
Part of Civics 101: Know Your Government. Get an overview of the history and construction of the State Capitol.
Learn more about the history of the state of Tennessee and how we became a state.
n 1897, Tennessee held a six-month celebration to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of statehood. The Tennessee Centennial Exposition was held in Nashville from May 1 until October 30, 1897, although the state’s actual centennial occurred in 1896. The images in this collection primarily depict the array of buildings and individuals involved with this celebration, and are drawn from various record groups in the holdings of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Other interesting ephemera relating to the Centennial Exposition is also displayed, including a rare cyanotype of a building at the exhibition’s Vanity Fair.
The text of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee is taken from the TENNESSEE BLUE BOOK.
From King George’s Proclamation of 1763 to the earliest purchase of land from Native Americans to the first Constitutions of the State of Tennessee, these are among the most important records from our past. Significant milestones in the formation and early history of the state are presented here for the first time in digital form taken directly from the originals, with full transcription and accompanying historical text. These Landmark Documents are available for citizens and students to search, study, and download.
Part of Civics 101: Know Your Government. Get an overview of the state constitutions.
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