In December 1784, a small contingent of upper Tennessee Valley political leaders met in Washington County, North Carolina's rustic courthouse to discuss the uncertain postrevolutionary political climate that they believed threatened their regional political hegemony, prosperity and families. The Jonesboro delegates fatefully decided that their backcountry communities could no longer remain part of their parent state and that North Carolina's westernmost counties (at the time Washington, Sullivan and Greene counties) must unite and form America's fourteenth state.
Barksdale, Kevin T. "Violence, Statecraft, and Statehood in the Early Republic: The State of Franklin, 1784–1788." Blood in the Hills: a History of Violence in Appalachia. Ed. Bruce E. Stewart. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011. 25-52. Print.
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“Violence, Statecraft, and Statehood in the Early Republic: the State of Franklin, 1784-1788” Chapter 1 in Bruce Stewart, ed., Violence in Appalachia. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011). Reprinted with permission.