Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2012
West Virginia has an intriguing history, and on today’s 149th anniversary of statehood, learning more about the Mountain State’s past might be one of the best ways to honor it, particularly as next year’s sesquicentennial milestone approaches.
Doing so helps us gain insight into how our ancestors lived, the struggles they faced, their positive experiences, and how these factors have shaped modern West Virginia.
Both natives and “outsiders” can appreciate perspective that goes beyond stereotypes and instead humanizes. Consider the tremendous success and positive reception of History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys miniseries.
In coming months, this blog will explore works on West Virginia history. Please comment with your recommendations and thoughts regarding notable books, essays, films, songs, and paintings that should be highlighted.