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Is Ohio the 48th state?



Is Ohio the 48th state?
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     challenging words:    legislature, enter, however, lived, confusion, date, writing, instead, save, step, agree, mistake, send, representative, group, also
     content words:    United States, Northwest Territory, Northwest Ordinance, United States Congress, States Congress


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Is Ohio the 48th state?
By Lisa Swogger
  

1     March 1, 1803, saw the 17th state enter into the United States. Ohio was the first of five states created from the Northwest Territory. However, there was a mistake made at this time that was not fixed until 1953.
 
2     A law called the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 controlled the Northwest Territory. The Northwest Territory was what is now Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. This law told how an area of land could become a new state. There had to be at least 5,000 men over the age of 21; this was the age to vote, and only men could vote. These men could then vote on people to represent them in their own legislature (a group that makes laws) and have a non-voting representative (person sent to speak for voters) in the United States Congress.
 
3     The next step would be to have at least 60,000 people living in the area wanting to become a state. Once this happened, the area lawmakers would write a state constitution or group of laws on how the state is going to run. Two-thirds (2/3) of the lawmakers had to agree with what had been written. Once this happened, the constitution was supposed to be shown to the people who lived in the area that wanted to become a state. The people were to vote on the constitution and say whether they liked it or not. This approval is called ratification.

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