A Thomas Nast illustration celebrates the 13th Amendment in 1865, 150 years ago. [click to zoom]

by John E. Stealey III, Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, of History at Shepherd University

When the West Virginia Bill was introduced into the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, statehood supporters soon discovered that passage was improbable without adequate provisions affecting slavery.

Read the full article from the Charleston Gazette…