“Neither War nor Peace”

Randall S. Gooden

in Reconstructing Appalachia

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135533 | DOI:
“Neither War nor Peace”

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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

Chapter.  10449 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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