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WEST VIRGINIA STATEHOOD TIMELINE
This complete timeline takes you from the origins of strife to the creation of a new state. Replete with informative maps and charts, this is a must for any history classroom. In cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, INWheeling proudly provides you this keeper.
THE ORIGINS OF STRIFE
From the very earliest days of settlement, the division between eastern and western Virginia was as pronounced as their two varied landscapes. The cultural differences between the English landed gentry in the east and the Scots-Irish, German and Irish settlers in the west paralleled disagreements over representation and taxation. INWheeling takes a detailed look at the origins of strife between the east and west that ultimately ended in the separation of the Commonwealth.
A SPECIES OF LEGAL FICTION
Safe from Confederate interference, delegates from all over western and northern Virginia first met in Wheeling to declare the acts at Richmond seceding from the Union null and void. They would later meet in Wheeling again to create the Restored Government of Virginia that would ultimately become mother to the new state of West Virginia. However, many argued the acts in Wheeling were illegitimate and nothing more than a flimsy charade orchestrated by sympathizers of the Union. The controversy lives on today about what is one of the nation’s most curious moments in its democracy. INWheeling explores the Wheeling Conventions in this in depth article.
Thomas Jefferson was at once a patrician and a populist. Although he was part of the east’s aristocratic landed gentry, he also championed the westerners’ struggle for fairer representation and taxation. He left behind two very distinct legacies that reflect this through the buildings and survey systems he designed. INWheeling delves into the two very different Virginias of Jefferson, the “American Sphinx,” and the two different legacies – classical and egalitarian-- left behind.