West Virginia Statehood

On W.Va.’s 160th Birthday, A Historian Describes Its Split From Virginia

Inside Appalachia Host Mason Adams recently spoke with Hal Gorby, whose lecture on West Virginia statehood was recently featured on C-SPAN’s Lectures in History series. Gorby is a professor at West Virginia University (WVU), who specializes in Appalachian and West Virginia history.

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August 5, 1863: Berkeley Co. Admitted to New State of WV

On August 5, 1863, the West Virginia Legislature voted to admit Berkeley County officially into West Virginia. Three months later, the legislature also…

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December 31, 1862: President Lincoln Contemplates Whether W. Va. Should Become a State

On December 31, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln paced the halls of the White House contemplating whether West Virginia should become a state. Lincoln had…

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June 13, 1861: John Carlile presents Declaration of Rights at Second Wheeling Convention

On June 13, 1861, a committee led by John Carlile of Clarksburg presented a Declaration of Rights of the People of Virginia to the Second Wheeling…

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