Carter G. Woodson’s West Virginia wasn’t “Trump Country,” it was a land of opportunity

(Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Drake)

For young Carter G. Woodson, West Virginia shimmered in the distance, a not-so-far-off land of opportunity.

Of his decision to set off for this frontier as a teenager in the 1890s, the future “father of Black History Month” wrote that his home state of Virginia, “like most of the worn-out South, was passing through an age of poverty and to escape the hardships that endured in that state, younger Negroes went as workers to build railroads and open the...

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