Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fact of the Day: The Almost State

In the 19th century, President Ulysses S. Grant originally wanted the Dominican Republic (known then as Santo Domingo) to join the United States with promise of eventual statehood. He thought it would be a safe haven for African-Americans who were being oppressed in the Southern United States. The move failed to gain approval from Congress. 

19 comments:

  1. That's new to me!

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

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  2. I read that it still might happen someday!

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    1. I really really really doubt that. Puerto Rico (something that has been a U.S. territory for a long time) will have a difficult time getting statehood, something they had voted they wanted to do which needs Congress to approve

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  3. I didn't know this. I knew Lincoln had considered sending the liberated slaves to Central America but Frederick Douglas talked him out of it.

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  4. I hadn't heard this before.

    Hope you have a good Wednesday.

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  5. Interesting piece of news, though it is late.

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  6. Wow, interesting!

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  7. very interesting!!!
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  8. wonder how that would've worked out!

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  9. It would've been interesting to have the DR as a state. So many baseball players are from there.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  10. 50 sounds much better than 51 anyway :)

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  11. I had no idea! Many made their way to a safe haven in Canada.

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  12. Oh gracious! I had no idea! This is so interesting!

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