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Eberly Ideas: "When West Virginians Remained Loyal: West Virginia Statehood and the Union"
Start Date: 6/21/2013Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 6/21/2013End Time: 11:30 AM

Event Description:
Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Eberly Family Professor of Civil War History, will deliver this presentation as part of West Virginia's Sesquicentennial celebrations. When western Virginians remained loyal to the United States in the Civil War they were among the only white people living in the slave states who refused to join the Confederacy. What explains their decision? Understanding their motivation helps us solve one of the continuing puzzles at the heart of the Civil War: why did people stay loyal to the US? What did the United States represent that compelled such sacrifice from its loyal citizens? This lecture will also explore what other northerners thought about West Virginia statehood. Beyond the technical question of state creation and the strategic importance of securing the territory of western Virginia, how did Americans understand what West Virginians’ loyalty meant?
Contact Information:
Name: Devon Copeland
Other Details:
The event will be held in the Archives and History Library at the WV Culture Center in Charleston, WV.
Ticketing Information:
The event is free and open to the public.

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