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Sectionalism in Virginia from 1776 to 1861

Charles H. Ambler
With a new Introduction by Barbara Rasmussen
PB  978-1-933202-21-1
PDF  978-1-935978-16-9


This 1910 study of sectionalism in Virginia illustrates how the east and west of Virginia were destined to separate into two states. Barbara Rasmussen, professor of Public History and Director of Cultural Resource Management at West Virginia University writes a new introduction to Sectionalism in Virginia, setting Ambler’s classic grand achievement into the context of its production by creating an historical process for studying West Virginia history.


  1. Introduction to the Second Edition
  2. List of Maps
  3. Preface
  4. Introduction
  5. Revolution, Confederation, and the Constitution, 1776–90
  6. The Era of Good Feeling and the Rise of the National Republican Party, 1817–28
  7. The Constitutional Convention of 1829–30
  8. Internal Improvement, Negro Slavery, and Nullification, 1829–33
  9. Parties in the Whig Period, 1834–50
  10. The Reform Convention of 1850–51
  11. Sectionalism in Education and the Church, 1830–61
  12. History of Political Parties, 1851–61
  13. Bibliography
  14. Index


Charles H. Ambler was born in Ohio on August 12, 1876. Throughout his life he lived in Pleasants County, West Virginia, where he was sheriff from 1900 to 1901. He also lived in Ashland, Virginia, and Morgantown, West Virginia. While living in Morgantown, Ambler was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1951 to 1954. He was also a member of the Freemasons, Maccabees, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Nu, and Tau Kappa Alpha.