From the Archives: Go West, young abolitionists

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Today's first archival tidbit comes from What's the Difference?

After the commonwealth of Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, several northwestern Virginia counties went ahead and seceded from the seceders, choosing instead to stay in the Union. Those counties formed the state of West Virginia, feeling no compunction to keep the commonwealth label.

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