Epilogue: Finding Frankland

Kevin T. Barksdale

in The Lost State of Franklin

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125213
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135199 | DOI:
Epilogue: Finding Frankland

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This section reveals that the state of Franklin stood briefly as America's unrecognized 14th state. The defenders of statehood tried to cast their movement in the most favourable political and historical light possible. Further, throughout the twentieth century, the historical legacy of the state of Franklin continued to be a source of state and local pride and an effective symbol for the promotion of economic improvements and political interests within East Tennessee. The section concludes that the history and memory of the state of Franklin continue to evolve, as critics and supporters of the Franklinites defend their positions in the pages of history books, in the words of patriotic oratories, and on the bronzed plaques of marbled monuments. From the carefully crafted popular images of Franklin contemporaries to the historiographical wars waged in print, Franklin has never been and will never be a “lost” state.

Keywords: Franklin; 14th state; East Tennessee; Franklinites; lost state

Chapter.  2992 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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