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1. This week’s edition of #50Weeks50Constitutions leaves the lower 48 to explore the constitutional history of the 49th State. Alaska, the #LastFrontier, was admitted in January 1959, the first state admitted in over four decades!
2. The U.S. bought the land from the Russians in 1867, who had used it as a fur wardrobe since Vitus Bering’s crew first stepped foot in 1741 (& treated native Alaskans no better in the process). You can read about Bering’s amazing story here:…
3. Other than Alaskan natives, the land was sparsely populated & the government seemingly uninterested in it. Its slow response to an 1879 attack on one of the few settlements was long remembered by many Alaskans and led to longstanding distrust.
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