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The Night the Capital Changed


The Night the Capital Changed
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.03

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    shocked, capital, however, sneak, news, secretary, vote, case, angry, building, choice, though, state, even, morning, night
     content words:    Oklahoma City, Enabling Act, United States Congress, Charles Haskell, In Oklahoma City, Governor Haskell, United States Supreme Court


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The Night the Capital Changed   

1     Did you know that the capital city of Oklahoma was not always Oklahoma City? The first governor of Oklahoma changed it in 1910 even though the Enabling Act had been passed by the United States Congress saying the capital city couldn't be changed until 1913.
 
2     Charles Haskell was the first governor of Oklahoma, and Guthrie was the state's first capital city. However, Mr. Haskell was a Democrat, and most of the people in the city of Guthrie were Republicans. They did not like Mr. Haskell very much and gave him a hard time. Mr. Haskell wanted Oklahoma City to be the capital city. In Oklahoma City, most of the people were Democrats and liked Mr. Haskell very much. They would not give him a hard time.
 
3     Mr. Haskell suggested the people of Oklahoma vote on where they wanted the state capital. The people had their choice of three cities. They could choose Oklahoma City, Guthrie, or Shawnee. They voted on June 11, 1910. That night, before all the votes were even counted, Governor Haskell told his secretary to sneak into the capital building and take the state seal to Oklahoma City.

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