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One of the following: Kentucky, Missouri, West Virginia, Maryland, or Delaware. These states are sometimes said to be Southern states, but much more often are claimed as Northern or Midwestern states. They are called border states because of the divisions and tensions that developed in the United States from the early 1800s all the way to the American Civil War, as these states where located right in the middle of these arguments.
The border states are actually Northern states that have some Southern qualities and characteristics. For example, there were plenty of black slaves in every one of these states, and much of the economy was quite agricultural-based. However, the majority of people within these states fought for and supported the Union, and many of them saw the Southern Confederates as invaders and pillagers. In addition to that, these states received more European immigrants, had stronger economic ties with their other Northern and Midwestern states, and some cultural and social influence from the more Northern states seeped into these border states.
Kentucky and Maryland are border states. Though they are often called Southern states full of Confederate rednecks, they are really more Northern states who still have the same stronger economic ties with their sister states above them to this day.
by The Loyal Bush Legionary December 16, 2004
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Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri: slave states in between the North and the South that did not join the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Kentucky and Maryland are border states. Though they are often called Southern states full of Confederate rednecks, they are really more Northern states who still have the same stronger economic ties with their sister states above them to this day.
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A region in the United States that were slave states back during the Civil War but didn't secede from the Union like the Confederacy. The states in this category are Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Kentucky and West Virginia are now considered to be Southeastern states, Maryland and Delaware are considered to be Mid-Atlantic states and Missouri is said to be a Midwestern state in today's society. Even though the locations of Kentucky and Missouri are relatively controversial nowadays, this is how they are typically described as according to the census.
Kentucky really does seem like a border state. They had the president of the Confederacy aswell as the Union born there; bless their hearts.
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