The Rogue Historian: Seceding from Secession with Eric J. Wittenberg

Here’s an excellent conversation between host Dr. Keith Harris and his guest, Eric Wittenberg about Eric’s book about the creation of West Virginia.

They discuss these topics:

  • The long standing tensions between the eastern and western counties of Virginia
  • The reaction of people in the western counties when Virginia votes to secede
  • The 1st and 2nd Wheeling Conventions
  • The “legitimate” government of Virginia
  • Pushing for statehood
  • Determining the borders
  • The B&O Railroad
  • Constitutional issues (and how this got a little tricky…)
  • The postwar and the Supreme Court
  • Lingering tensions
  • In methodologies of historians and lawyers…how they intersect
  • A preview of Eric’s new book: Tullahoma: The Forgotten Campaign that Changed the Course of the War

You can access the podcast here.

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