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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

In order to understand the current political importance of the state of Pennsylvania, it may first be necessary to have at least a brief knowledge of the history of the state. Pennsylvania became one of the original British colonies in 1681, when King Charles II granted the land to an English Quaker named William Penn. The colony became a state in 1787, and it was just the second of the 13 original colonies to ratify the Constitution. The city of Philadelphia was host to the first and second Continental Congress, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. For a short time, it became the center of government of the new United States of America, until the capital was moved to Washington, D.C.

In more recent history, Philadelphia has had a tumultuous role in politics. In the recent past, Pennsylvania has alternated between choosing Democratic and Republican candidates in its major offices and elections. The governorship of the state tends to alternate at the end of each governor’s second term, with a Republican tending to be replaced by a Democrat and vice versa. Read the rest of this entry »