Kentucky was nicknamed the "Bluegrass State" because of the bluegrass that early settlers found growing there. Seeds for the plant soon became in demand, earning the state the nickname.
The grass gets its color from its blooms, not the grass itself. It can be planted in other places. It is also a perennial, so it comes back every year, and it is used not only as lawn cover, but also for pasture cover, since it is a good food source for horses. It usually grows from about 1 to 3 feet tall, and it grows closely together. It can be invasive, as it pushes out other plants in the area if it can. It can grow in most types of soil, from dry to moist.Learn More
The most visible effect of the Great Compromise of 1787, also called the Connecticut Compromise after the two delegates from that state who proposed it, was to set the shape of the American government's representative structure. It was an agreement worked out between large states, such as Virginia and New York, and small states, such as Rhode Island and New Hampshire, to split the Congress between proportional and general representation.Full Answer >
Virginia became a state on June 25, 1788. It was one of the original 13 colonies and was the 10th to become a state. Prior to its grant of statehood, the area was known as the Colony of Virginia.Full Answer >
After 93 percent of Hawaiians voted to become a state, Hawaii was officially welcomed into the United States at a ceremony in Washington on Aug. 12, 1959. A new American flag with a 50th star for Hawaii was officially unfurled on July 4, 1960.Full Answer >
Bleeding Kansas was the violent time period that occurred when the Kansas territory was being settled and included the fight about whether or not the state should be a slave state or a free state. Bleeding Kansas is also often referred to as Bloody Kansas.Full Answer >