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The Rending of Virginia: A Historyby Hall, Granville Davisson
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Retail Price: $38.00
Issue: Summer 2001
First published a century ago, Granville Davisson Hall's study of West Virginia's statehood is reprinted here with a new scholarly introduction. Seeking to explain the estrangement of West Virginia from the Old Dominion, Hall identifies such contributing factors as slavery, settlement patterns, and political distrust. "Under the conditions described," Hall concludes, "West [Virginia] never was or could be anything but a political cipher and a tributary from which large revenues were exacted without corresponding benefit." Although pro-Union in perspective, The Rending of Virginia cites primary sources that reflect the political division in the wartime Federal Congress over granting West Virginia statehood.