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Excerpt: Choosing the capital city

"During the year that I spent in Washington, and for some little time before this there had been considerable agitation in the state of West Virginia over the question of moving the capital of the state from Wheeling to some other...point.  As a result of this, the Legislature designated three cities to be voted upon by the citizens of the state as the permanent seat of government.  Among these cities was Charleston, only five miles from Malden, my home.  At the close of my school year in Washington I was very pleasantly surprised to receive, from a committee of white people in Charleston, an invitation to canvass the state in the interests of that city.  This invitation I accepted, and spent nearly three months in speaking in various parts of the state.  Charleston was successful in winning the prize, and is now the permanent seat of government."

Source: Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery (1901).


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