South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union on Dec. 20, 1860. It was also the site where the Civil War actually began with the attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. More »

South Carolina officially seceded from the United States on December 20, 1860. South Carolina was the first state to announce it was no longer part of the Union and remained the only state to have officially seceded unti... More »

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The decision of southern states to secede from the Federal Union was largely a response to the threatened abolition or restriction of slave labor, which underpinned many of these states' social and labor systems. Altho... More »

Admitted on Dec. 7, 1787, Delaware was the first state to join the Union. The 13 original colonies one by one became the first 13 states in the new nation according to the date on which each ratified the Constitution. More »

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The American Civil Liberties Union states that, in 1898, Utah was the first state to allow women to sit on juries. By 1927, 18 states had followed suit. More »

Missouri was made a state on Aug. 10, 1821, Jefferson City became the first state capital in 1826 and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis finished construction in 1965. The state's official borders did not finalize until the a... More »

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When South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860, the main justification of secession was that southerners believed secession was the only way they could preserve their institution of slavery. Not all southerners suppo... More »