Sat 2 Oct, 2010 07:34 am
Almost half of the District of Columbia petitioned for retrocession in 1840, and by 1846, the land was given back to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This included what is now Arlington Country, and City of Alexandria, and Alexandria County.
This was because the City of Alexandria's economy was largely based on slave trade, and even prior to the emancipation proclamation, there was movement to end slave trade in DC.
While the Virginia portion never has attempted to return to being a part of the district, the topic of retrocession still continues today. This is largely a part of the dialog on voting/state rights for those living in DC. Some view retroceding into Maryland as a means to gain voting rights. Others want DC statehood. Some want no change at all.
Retrocession or Statehood