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Civil War

The American Civil War

Even though there is very little stated about this in the novel, it does take place during this time in history. Where they live isn't affected as much by the war as Wyoming hasn't become a state yet.

Basically what happened, was that Abraham Lincoln said that if he was elected that he would rid the USA of slavery. The southern states said if he was elected president that they would succeed. During Lincoln's Inauguration speech, he said that he had no plans to end slavery in states were it already existed and hoped the end the natianal crisis of the southern states succeeding peacefully.

That, of course, did not happen. This novel takes place shortly after the begining of the American Civil war. Nick and the others don't have much access to fresh news, and the war was not fought in their area.

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Wyoming became the 44th state on July 10, 1890.

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Wyoming became a Territory by an Act of Congress on July 25, 1868. The territorial government formally began on May 19, 1869. The first territorial governor was John A. Campbell. He wasn't elected, but was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant.

The people who lived in Wyoming Territory started talking about becoming a State that same year. But it wasn't until 1888 when the Territorial Assembly sent Congress a petition for admission into the Union. Bills were introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives, but did not pass.

Governor Francis E. Warren and others decided to continue as if the bills had passed. On July 8, 1889, Wyoming Territory held an election of delegates to Wyoming's one and only Constitutional Convention. Forty-nine men gathered in Cheyenne during September, 1889, and wrote the constitution. The voters approved the document November 5, 1889, by a vote of 6,272 to 1,923. READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING

U.S. Senators and Representatives both introduced bills for Wyoming statehood in December, 1889. The House passed the bill March 27, 1890. President Benjamin Harrison signed Wyoming's statehood bill, and made Wyoming the 44th state.

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