How statehood is granted to U.S. territories, explained

Watch as CQ Roll Call explains the statehood process

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Posted February 19, 2020 at 12:23pm

Territorial status has historically been granted as a precursor to statehood, yet 1959 was the last time any stars were added to Old Glory.

The United States controls five inhabited territories. While their citizens are Americans, their homes are not considered states — but someday they could be. Watch as CQ Roll Call explains the statehood process.