How well do average Americans know their country? Brian Unger hits the road to uncover the history hidden in the lines and contours that make up the U.S. map through man-on-the-street quizzes and head-to-head competitions. Contestants battle to win some cash, show their state pride and display their knowledge of U.S. geography as they reveal how the country took shape.

How the States Got Their Shapes - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2011-05-03

How the States Got Their Shapes - Long Island (proposed state) - Netflix

Long Island, a large island directly south of New England, has made attempts in the past to secede from New York and become its own state. Mentions of Long Island secession range from 1896 to 2010. The proposed 51st state has also speculated the combination of Nassau and Suffolk counties into one county in order to reduce costs. The state of Long Island would include over 2.7 million people, not including the more populous west end of the island. Nassau County executive Ed Mangano came out in support of such a proposal in April 2010 and was said to be commissioning a study on it. Any proposal would need to be approved by the New York State Legislature, which has refuted all previous secession efforts, and the United States Congress. The Long Island statehood movement has been featured on the History Channel series How the States Got Their Shapes.

How the States Got Their Shapes - See also - Netflix

Secession in New York

How the States Got Their Shapes - References - Netflix