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West Virginia
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Chapter 1: Prehistoric Times
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Chapter 2: Exploration and Early Settlements
  2. pp. 11-17
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  1. Chapter 3: At the Vortex of Imperial Conflict
  2. pp. 18-25
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  1. Chapter 4: Advance Across the Alleghenies
  2. pp. 26-36
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  1. Chapter 5: The Revolutionary Era
  2. pp. 37-46
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  1. Chapter 6: Adapting to a New Nation [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. Chapter 7: The Quality of Mountain Life
  2. pp. 57-67
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  1. Chapter 8: Educational and Cultural Foundations
  2. pp. 68-79
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  1. Chapter 9: Antebellum Economic Life
  2. pp. 80-89
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  1. Chapter 10: Conflict with Eastern Virginia
  2. pp. 90-98
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  1. Chapter 11: Politics and Slavery
  2. pp. 99-110
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  1. Chapter 12: Secession and Reorganized Government
  2. pp. 111-123
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  1. Chapter 13: The Agony of War
  2. pp. 124-139
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  1. Chapter 14: The Thirty-fifth State
  2. pp. 140-153
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  1. Chapter 15: Tensions of Reconstruction
  2. pp. 154-164
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  1. Chapter 16: The Bourbon Ascendancy
  2. pp. 165-173
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  1. Chapter 17: Agriculture and Rural Life
  2. pp. 174-182
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  1. Chapter 18: The Industrial Age
  2. pp. 183-204
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  1. Chapter 19: Progressivism and Reaction [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 205-219
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  1. Chapter 20: Labor Problems and Advances
  2. pp. 220-238
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  1. Chapter 21: The Transformation of Education
  2. pp. 239-254
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  1. Chapter 22: Literary Endeavors
  2. pp. 255-265
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  1. Chapter 23: Twentieth Century Politics: Kump to Marland
  2. pp. 266-277
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  1. Chapter 24: Twentieth Century Politics: Underwood to Rockefeller
  2. pp. 278-287
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  1. Chapter 25: Old Problems and New Dilemmas
  2. pp. 288-303
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  1. Selected Bibliography and Suggested Readings
  2. pp. 304-325
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 326-344
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