Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864, despite the absence of characteristics typically associated with other territories admitted into statehood. Experts speculate as to the true reason Nevada was prematurely admitted to the Union; some credit the mining of precious metals during a costly Civil War, while others credit President Abraham Lincoln's reelection campaign. The fact remains that Nevada entered the Union under unique circumstances and as such has a distinct social history of social control. Over time, Nevada's history ...

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