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For the Commentary section, historians offer explicit interpretations of the past. Commentaries are intended to spark historical discussions and questions; they do not necessarily reflect the views of the North Carolina History Project or its staff. Commentaries are frequently added.

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N.C. Has Long History as Battleground State

North Carolina many times has been a battleground state and a determining factor in national debates. A study of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and in particular what has become known as the “Connecticut Compromise,” provides an example of how North Carolinians provided key votes in the budding new union.


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