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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state.  The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region.  The ETHS educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important.

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • April 27, 1858

    Two reports from the Committee on Platform, given before a vote was taken regarding secession--a majority and a minority-- were presented on this day in 1858. The majority report, favored by most Tennesseans, held that neither Congress nor the territorial legislatures could abolish slavery in the territories and that it was the duty of Congress to protect persons and property (slaves) in the territories.