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Just How Un-United Our States Can Be


The Civil War marked the high point of secessionist fervor in the United States (so far): the southern states actually voted to leave the union and form a new country. But it wasn't the first time people had talked about un-uniting the United States, and it won't be the last.

The "state of Jefferson" doesn't get mentioned, but a lot of other thoughts and schemes about political divorce are mentioned in Richard Kreitner's book Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America's Imperfect Union.

We explore the history and concept of a "united" set of states that has often been anything but.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.