These 50 short essays about the men who were prominent in bringing their territories to statehood supply a handy one volume reference source on the subject. Since statehood was not always a ""one man"" venture, the choices are arbitrary in many cases. However, credit is given where credit is due to the men that these worked with. Each state's man is preceded by the state's motto, flower, bird, tree, and date of admission to the Union. All the main facts are in place. This can double as reference and browsing material.