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Thursday, December 31, 2009


On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed an act that admitted West Virginia into the union as a state. The north western part of the state had been long time northern sympathizers. These people were mountaineers, quiet folk, who didn't want to have to fight a war. Ironically, Stonewall Jackson was born near the town of Clarksburg in West Virginia, and his sister sympathized with the union. After the Wheeling Conventions in 1861, where West Virginians refused to allow the earlier secession of the state of Virginia to represent them, they seceded from Virginia and established their own government.
Ironically, when Abraham Lincoln signed the document allowing West Virginia into the Union, he was allowing something he had decided was illegal. The whole point of the war was to establish Lincoln as the ruler of every state in the union. He was not allowing the Southern states to secede from the Union, but if a state wanted to secede to join him, well that was alright by him.
To this day, the people of West Virginia have been extremely liberal. Heavily involved in labor unions, they decided that the security of slavery was better than the danger of freedom.

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Blogger Johann Van De Leeuw said...

YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, a post about western Virginia, the region of my birth!!! This is why I tell people I'm from Virginia, (and then am forced to explain).

Absolutely phenomenal post, Stephen!
Am adding to my list!
And Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

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