Was it that the farthest parts of western Virginia didn’t feel threatened?

Posted on December 18, 2010 by


Was it… the right to own slaves, without interference… or… “States’ rights”? When it all boils down, what do we see?

Let’s visualize slavery in Virginia, in 1860.

From The Secession Movement in Virginia, 1847-1861 (1934), by Henry T. Shanks.

When it comes down to what portions of Virginia did and did not secede, is the answer really that simple?