West Virginia: A History

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University Press of Kentucky, 1993 - History - 344 pages
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" An essential resource for scholars, students, and all lovers of the Mountaineer State. From bloody skirmishes with Indians on the early frontier to the Logan County mine war, the story of West Virginia is punctuated with episodes as colorful and rugged as the mountains that dominate its landscape. In this first modern comprehensive history, Otis Rice and Stephen Brown balance these episodes of mountaineer individualism against the complexities of industrial development and the growth of social institutions, analyzing the events and personalities that have shaped the state. To create this history, the authors weave together many strands from the past and present. Included among these are geological and geographical features; the prehistoric inhabitants; exploration and settlement; relations with the Indians; the land systems and patterns of ownership; the Civil War and the formation of the state from the western counties of Virginia; the legacy of Reconstruction; politics and government; industrial development; labor problems and advances; and cultural aspects such as folkways, education, religion, and national and ethnic influences. For this second edition, the authors have added a new chapter, bringing the original material up to date and carrying the West Virginia story through the presidential election of 1992. Otis K. Rice is professor emeritus of history and Stephen W. Brown is professor of history at West Virginia Institute of Technology.

 

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Contents

Prehistoric Times
1
Exploration and Early Settlements
11
At the Vortex of Imperial Conflict
18
Advance Across the Alleghenies
26
The Revolutionary Era
37
Adapting to a New Nation
47
The Quality of Mountain Life
57
Educational and Cultural Foundations
68
Tensions of Reconstruction
154
The Bourbon Ascendancy
165
Agriculture and Rural Life
174
The Industrial Age
183
Progressivism and Reaction
205
Labor Problems and Advances
220
The Transformation of Education
239
Literary Endeavors
255

Antebellum Economic Life
80
Conflict with Eastern Virginia
90
Politics and Slavery
99
Secession and Reorganized Government
111
The Agony of War
124
The Thirtyfifth State
140
Twentieth Century Politics Kump to Marland
266
Twentieth Century Politics Underwood to Rockefeller
278
Old Problems and New Dilemmas
288
Selected Bibliography and Suggested Readings
304
Index
326
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