Wasn’t the state of Tennessee the state of Franklin at one time?

This class will explore the steps to statehood beginning with two pockets of settlements divided by “the Great Wall of Tennessee,” the Cumberland Plateau. As the settlements grew, tensions with Native Americans increased. We will explore the role of English settlers in the Revolutionary War, the movement to create a 14th state, the formation of the Southwest Territory, and finally, statehood.

Dr. Carole Bucy is professor of history at Volunteer State Community College and holds degrees in history from Baylor University, George Peabody College, and Vanderbilt University. She is the Davidson County Historian, an honorary position. As a longtime advocate for local and state history, she regularly conducts educator workshops on the incorporation of Tennessee history into existing US history courses and is a frequent speaker across the state on a variety of historical subjects. She is the author of the textbook used in 4th and 5th Social Studies classes in several school districts across the state and she is currently working on a Tennessee history textbook for college students. She is a much sought-after speaker across the state on subjects related to Tennessee history and women’s history.


February 16, 2021


5:30 pm CT

6:30 pm ET