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Weekend Sale on West Virginia and western Virginia Books

Save 20% Through 11:59 PM EDT, Monday, April 11th

The western portion of the state of Virginia broke with the eastern counties over the issue of secession in 1861, and by 1863 would be admitted into the Union as the state of West Virginia. Since by that time all but five of West Virginia’s 53 present-day counties had been established–and since President Lincoln was happy to welcome it to the Union–admitting the Mountaineer State ensued immediately after a small Confederate army had been driven off.

Significant homesteading of [West] Virginia began in the 1730s, when all of contemporary West Virginia lay within the boundaries of Augusta County, Virginia. By the time the Constitution had been ratified, Virginia’s western counties encompassed over 50,000 inhabitants, many of whom had entered the region from Pennsylvania and Maryland. While the majority of colonial [West] Virginia was English, fully a third of the population was German. As was generally true along the colonial frontier, the Scotch-Irish inhabited [West] Virginia’s least accessible and mountainous terrain. Since the local economy was dominated by subsistence agriculture and, in any case, would not support a plantation economy, there were scarcely any persons of African American birth living along the Blue Ridge until after the Civil War.

Do you have 18th- or 19th-century forebears who lived in either West Virginia or the adjacent counties of present-day western Virginia? If so, you might discover them among these 15 classic reference works—at bargain prices until at 11:59 PM EST, Monday, April 11, 2022.