Today in Heritage History, 1819, Alabama is admitted to the Union as the 22nd state. Shortly after their admission, Alabama petitioned the Federal government asking if they could be counted as one of the “first ten states admitted to the Union”, rather than the 22nd. Alabama’s petition stated that being 22nd caused “undue hardship” for Alabamians. It further went on to state that  Alabama citizens “only had ten fingers each”, and would have to either “travel with two other Alabamians or one other Alabamian barefoot” if they were ever asked to “cipher how-many- fingers-they-were”, admitted to the Union.

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