My source? History.I would ask for a source. But I’m pretty sure I know what it is?
It is a mistake to look at the present and use that as a basis to determine past histories. But it is Entertaining. Wokey History.
Culturally, the folks in WV are closer to those in SW Pennsylvania, SE OH, and NE KY than they are to anything approaching tidewater Virginia. We actually have a word for it in this part of the world- AppalachiaHad it not been for the Civil War would have Virginia eventually divided in to Virginia and West Virginia? I understand that the people in the western part of Virginia were not happy with how they were treated by the eastern Tidewater, but was there enough resentment in western Virginia for them to have left and formed there own state? I am not sure if eastern Virginia would have agreed to allow Virginia to be broken up.
Funny, these are all measures that traditional southerners would reject at the time. Infrastructure spending, taxes on slave holdings, public education? Yep... you have a trifecta there.Re districting the state senate on the white basis would have been a big plus for keeping the state united. Enacting a public school system and support for railroads connecting the west with eastern ports. Imposing a true ad valorem tax on slaves also would have pleased western Virginians. It is true there was unhappiness with eastern Virginia but westerners considered themselves good Virginians who just wanted a fair shake. Irony is fire eater Henry Wise from Tidewater supported a lot of the western demands.
This was not true then, and not true now. The Mason-Dixon Line and Ohio River were dividing lines then and still operate that way today, more or less. Sociologists since the 1930's have noted that division in a number of studies, from Howard Odum's "Southern Regions" of 1936 to the more recent "Rethinking the Borders of the South" by Cooper & Knotts in 2010. There is no such thing as Appalachian culture, the region as defined by the ARC is about the size of France, it is too large to support one culture. The fact is that West Virginia was created by the Federal government under a puppet state government, legality is not the issue. As I said before, West Virginia made a really lousy Union state, the people were not behind it.Culturally, the folks in WV are closer to those in SW Pennsylvania, SE OH, and NE KY than they are to anything approaching tidewater Virginia. We actually have a word for it in this part of the world- Appalachia
Perhaps I should say that the folks in SW PA, SE OH, & NW KY are closer culturally to WV. Either way, it’s a far cry from the patrician tidewater culture of Virginia proper.
This shows a good portion of the county's that cast 70% (12,946) of the votes for statehood. That was all started in Wheeling. The other 32 county's only cast 5,187 votes for state hood. I don't see much of a Pennsylvania or Ohio culture in the rest of the state.Oddly enough, there was a proposal for a state during revolutionary times: Westsylvania
The rough borders pretty much mimic the cultural region. All I can say is that if this state became reality, you would want these boys on your side.
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I think the Wheeling area certainly, to this day, has deep ties to both PA & OH.This shows a good portion of the county's that cast 70% (12,946) of the votes for statehood. That was all started in Wheeling. The other 32 county's only cast 5,187 votes for state hood. I don't see much of a Pennsylvania or Ohio culture in the rest of the state.
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