State Oddities
An Encyclopedia of What Makes Our United States Unique
by Nancy Hendricks
May 2022, 403pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7669-1
$107, £83, 94€, A147
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7670-7
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Any look at America’s state oddities—the ways in which the 50 states are different from each other—must take into consideration how each state was born. Even today, a state founded by English Puritans in the chilly Northeast is going be different from one created by Spanish grandees in the sizzling Southwest.

State Oddities takes a different kind of look at the American nation, spotlighting the fun foibles, peculiarities, and twists in each of the 50 states that are (mostly) united under the Stars and Stripes.

State Oddities is a fascinating trip through the 50 states for students studying America, teachers planning classroom activities, and general readers who will enjoy an eye-opening journey through the nation’s fun side. It offers a compelling look at the character of America through the individuality of 50 very distinct states that together form the USA. This book paints a picture of the broad sweep of the American story, offering a gateway to the country as it developed into one nation filled with individual states that can be remarkably different from each other, yet unified under such national symbols as the American flag and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The author of State Oddities has become known as a master of "painless history," telling America’s story in a sparkling style along with the historian’s eye for fascinating detail. On the book’s cross-country journey, the reader will find that it differs from other works by taking a fresh look at stories we think we know.


  • Engaging, entertaining, readable, and informative narratives for both students and adults
  • Teacher-friendly entries on each state form the building blocks for history, geography, and social studies projects
  • Lively sidebars add spice to the book
  • Helpful Fact Box overviews for each state
  • Fascinating images in every state entry
  • Bibliographic references and suggestions for further information
Nancy Hendricks holds a doctorate in education and is an award-winning author of such books as Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy and Notable Women of Arkansas: From Hattie to Hillary, 100 Names to Know, which was represented at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Recent books for ABC-CLIO include America's First Ladies: A Historical Encyclopedia and Primary Document Collection of the Remarkable Women of the White House; Daily Life in 1950s America; and Haunted Histories in America: True Stories behind the Nation's Most Feared Places. She is a contributing writer for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas and
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