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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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A House Redivided

A House Redivided

From Sectionalism to Political Economy in West Virginia

(p.237) Chapter 9 A House Redivided
Reconstructing Appalachia

Ken Fones-Wolf

University Press of Kentucky

As a border state deeply divided by Civil War sectionalism, West Virginia continued to straddle Southern and Northern notions of economic development at a key moment in the realignment of American politics. Central to this political realignment were the course of uneven economic development and the ability of the Republicans to fashion platform demands that constructed a winning electoral coalition. In many ways the state remained a borderland, but one increasingly less captivated by its divided sectional identity and southern political and cultural institutions.

Keywords:   sectionalism, realignment, platform, borderland, institutions

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