The Northwest Ordinance of 1787

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There are several steps that must be followed for a territory to be a state in our country. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 established a part of this process. This law was one of the successes of the government created by the Articles of Confederation. The exact process of becoming...

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There are several steps that must be followed for a territory to be a state in our country. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 established a part of this process. This law was one of the successes of the government created by the Articles of Confederation. The exact process of becoming a state is outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

There is a process that needs to be followed for statehood to occur. The first step that must occur is that the United States must gain control of an area of land. If the people of this area or territory want to become a state, they must then vote to initiate the process of becoming a state. Third, if the people approve the desire to be a state, they must then ask Congress to consider their request. The next step would be to write a state constitution if none exists. Of course, the state constitution can’t go against the U.S. Constitution. The fifth step would be for Congress to vote to approve the request. The final step would be for the President to sign the action approved by Congress. If these steps are followed, an area of land can then become a state.

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