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  • Oklahoma has long been a land divided. Within fifteen years after it was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, it was the heart of a very large Indian Country that encompassed much of what is now the American Great Plains and Mountain West. By the time statehood arrived in 1907, the eastern half remained Indian Country, whereas the west, Oklahoma Territory, was unassigned land. Like Texas, Oklahoma has a divided identity. Whereas Texas is said to be where the South meets the West, Oklahoma is where the South meets the Great Plains and the Midwest, and it maintains characteristics of each. The northern part of the state is primarily a wheat-growing plain and is heavily Republican, as are the state's two largest cities, Tulsa ...

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