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1. This week’s edition of #50Weeks50Constitutions explores the constitutional history of the #GrandCanyonState. Arizona, the 48th state, was admitted on Valentines’ Day 1912 after being a territory for over 50 years.
2. The U.S. acquired most of what is now Arizona in the 1848 treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. The land was originally part of the New Mexico territory, but Congress created a separate Arizona territory in 1863 after the Confederacy tried to take it over.…
3. But it took a while for the Arizona statehood movement to really get going. There was some interest in 1872 in the state, but it was clear that Congress had none at the moment due to the remoteness of the territory and the small population at that time.
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