How The States Got Their Shapes

  • 2011
  • TV Show
  • None

The origins of the shapes of America's states are traced, with examinations of the geographical, political and social factors that determined the borders.

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How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2
The U.S. is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, where every line on the map tells a different story.
Urban Life vs. Rural Life
02:17 — Brian Unger looks at the divide (and the difference in coffee shop density) between "city" and "country" in the United States of America.
Tennessee-Georgia Border Disorder
02:23 — The border between Tennessee and Georgia remains the subject of heated debate to this day.
How The States Got Their Shapes Season 1
The U.S. is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, where every line on the map tells a different story.

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The United Shapes of America Season 2, Episode 19 Dec 22, 2012 $2.99

Travel from coast to coast as host Brian Unger reveals how the U.S. map shaped us just as we shaped it.

Big vs. Small Season 2, Episode 18 Dec 15, 2012 $2.99

Does size matter when you're a state? While the giants like to throw their weight around, there are some scrappy underdogs that have made their mark on the map.

Rich vs. Poor Season 2, Episode 17 Dec 8, 2012 $2.99

Money makes the world go 'round, and in America, the pursuit of riches has shaped our states. In the race to grab all resources, which states came out on top?

State vs. State Season 2, Episode 16 Dec 8, 2012 $1.99

Nearly every state has pulled a power play that gamed the system and changed the map. How much can you get away with when it's state versus state?

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  • Premiered: May 3, 2011
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: The origins of the shapes of America's states are traced, with examinations of the geographical, political and social factors that determined the borders. (more)

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