Why is West Virginia West Virginia?
At the time of the American revolution the territory of Virginia (the largest colony and state) included what is now west virginia and part of southern Ohio. When the state of Virginia seceded from the United States to join the Confederacy in 1861, the majority of people in the western part of the state disagreed with that decision, and effectively seceded from Virginia. West Virginia was admitted as a state in the United States on June 20, 1863.
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West Virginia was the 35th state admitted to the United States of America.
West Virginia and Virginia separated because of the different thoughts of Slavery. Many people disagreed about Slavery this led to the start of the civil war. So, Virginia wan…ted to keep slavery and West Virginia wanted to abolish it so they both separated.If you have a question or comment or need more info. on VA History Contact email@example.com.THANKS
During the Civil War, Virginians that lived to the west of the Allegheny Mountains were not happy with the government of Virginia. So when the Richmond government seceded, the…y declared themselves the legitimate government of Virginia, and authorized the division of the two states. West Virginians formed their own government to fight for the North. Western Virginia was not happy with a multitude of things that the central Virginia government on the east side of the mountains had done. They disliked the taxes and rules being imposed upon them. Numerous politicians took advantage of the secession of Virginia from the Union to create an alternative government that ratified and approved the split, creating the new state. West Virginia's early history from 1609 until 1863 is largely shared with Virginia, of which it was a part until Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861. The delegates of the 40 western counties who opposed secession formed their own government, which was granted statehood in 1863. The growing differences between Eastern and Western Virginia in the mid 1800's contributed to WV's desire to become a separate state. Issues included: National Political Leaders, Attitudes toward Voting, Geographical influences, and attitudes towards slavery.
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The western counties of Virginia had long had differences with the eastern counties. When the Civil War began and Virginia seceded from the Union, the western counties seceded… from Virginia to remain part of the Union, initially as a loyal government of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1863 those counties were admitted to the Union as the State of West Virginia. As a result, after the war they did not have to again become part of the then defeated Commonwealth of Virginia.
West Virginia is North-West of Virgina. They are adjoining states; West Virginia was once part of Virginia.
WV is further west by about 50 miles.
1786 and im glad us west virginians did separate from that panzy state Virginia!(just kidding Virginia isn't bad but were better)!
There are many things to do in West Virginia. Whitewater rafting, visiting blackwater falls, exploring caverns such as smoke whole caverns, going to seneca rocks, visiting spr…uce knob (the highest mountain in West Virginia)...There are many other interesting things to do, but these are just a few.
No, Alexandria is definitely in Virginia. (NOT West Va.) The fact that it is called "Alexandria, Virginia," not Alexandria, West Virginia," ought to be a clue.
As thge other people said in the bottom heres it in simp-le words: when there was only one Virginia, west Virginia didnt want slavery so it split from the other part of Virgin…ia to join the cunion to become west virgina in civil war time. the other half of Virginia joined the confedercy and is known as just Virginia The Ruffner Pamphlet In the West, most liked the idea of liberty and independence as outlined by Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. In the East slavery was more of an economic issue rather than a moral issue. Eastern Virginians defended slavery and bitterly attacked Western emancipationists. Henry Ruffner addressed the Franklin Society of Lexington in 1847. The address ended up being one of the most significant antislavery writings of the 1830s and 1840s. While his pamphlet found little support in the Valley, settlers in the Trans-Allegheny sections of the state favored the ideas Ruffner presented. This further separated the people of Virginia. The Virginia convention of 1861 Of the 47 members of the Virginia convention that were from "West Virginia", 32 opposed withdrawal from the Union. The vote clearly showed a divide between East and West and the reality of dismemberment became clear to most delegates. There has always been a sense of turmoil in Virginia politics, between East and West. It seems the many laws being passed in Virginia originated and benefited the East. The West felt they were not being represented fairly in congress. Laws written based on the Eastern markets and infrastructure seemed to have an adverse effect on the settlements to the West. The secession of South Carolina South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union after Lincoln's election in December of 1860. This prompted Virginia to call a special session of congress to address the rising crisis. Prominent leaders of Virginia began calling for secession. This further divided East and West because the West did not want to abandon what they thought was the best constitution ever written by some of the wisest and most patriotic of Americans. The Raid at Harpers Ferry After reading the Williams article on Brown's Raid, I think Harpers Ferry is very significant in both Virginia's secession from the Union, as well as, West Virginia's dismemberment. The raid really made everyone think about which side they were on. The Union was anti-slavery and Virginia was pro-slavery. The West liked the Union and didn't want to break away like the rest of the state. Brown's Raid while really small had had a huge impact. I think it helped unite the Confederacy and fuel the secession of Virginia. As a result of Virginia leaving the Union, the formation of West Virginia was expedited.
It basically just depends where you are located. You can enter West Virginia in any direction.
In US Civil War
During the civil war, Virginia was a part of the Confederate states of America. Part of Virginia (West Virginia) remained loyal to the Union, so it broke off of Virginia and f…ormed its own state.
There are several reasons why western Virginia wanted to secedefrom its eastern half. But, first, you have to look at thegeography of the then-joined states. Mountains split i…t in two. Andwith the limited technology the people of the 1860s had, it wasdifficult to cross said mountains, so communications withing thetwo halves was difficult. The western half couldn't really sendrepresentatives to the state congress. So the eastern half kind ofignored the western half. And then the economies were different,with VA having large plantations and WV having smaller familyfarms. And VA made decisions WV didn't particularly like, and WVdecided to separate. And I think that may be the jist of it. It'swhat I remember from my WV studies class from the 8th grade, atleast.
During the Civil War, those counties of VA supported the Union, not the Confederacy.