Chapter

A House Redivided

Ken Fones-Wolf

in Reconstructing Appalachia

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135533 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.003.0010
A House Redivided

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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

Chapter.  12403 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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