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Reconstructing AppalachiaThe Civil War's Aftermath$
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Andrew L. Slap and Andrew L. Slap

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125817

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.001.0001

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“Neither War nor Peace”

“Neither War nor Peace”

West Virginia’s Reconstruction Experience

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(p.211) Chapter 8 “Neither War nor Peace”
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Reconstructing Appalachia
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Randall S. Gooden

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.003.0009

A combination of political, social, and economic circumstances made peace elusive in West Virginia at the close of the Civil War. Although historians have touched upon the political and social issues in postwar West Virginia, the treatment of the subject has been insufficient given the unique and complex nature of West Virginia's wartime creation and struggle for stability during Reconstruction. Revisionist historian Richard O. Curry emphasized the role of the coalition of former Whigs and Democrats that became the postwar Democratic Party in his study of Reconstruction and its demise in West Virginia.

Keywords:   West Virginia, wartime, revisionist, coalition, Whigs

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