The State of Franklin

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For four years there was an American state called Franklin. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Michael Toomey of the East Tennessee Historical Society about the strange history of Franklin. It was declared in 1784 by settlers living in what's now the northeastern region of Tennessee, and although it was never formally recognized by the rest of the country, it had a governor, a legislature, a constitution and a court.



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