Shaping Society

Images: West Virginia State Archives

What is the significance of these events, social movements, economic factors and geographical circumstances that caused change in West Virginia as well as the United States?

 

  • John Brown's Raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry

 

  • The creation of the state of West Virginia during the Civil War

 

  • The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

 

  • The purchase of mineral rights in West Virginia in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

 

  • The West Virginia Mine Wars

 

  • UMWA (United Mine Workers of America)

 

  • 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster

 

  • Creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

 

  • Buffalo Creek flood

 

  • First West Virginia oil well drilled at Burning Springs, 1860

 

  • Rural free mail delivery begins in Charles Town, 1896

 

  • Chemical industries appear in the Kanawha Valley

 

  • New Deal homestead communities

 

  • John F. Kennedy defeats Humphrey in West Virginia Primary

 

  • 1974 Kanawha County textbook controversy

 

  • Completion of the West Virginia turnpike

 

  • West Virginia enacts the first sales tax in the country

 

  • President Johnson's war on poverty

 

  • Construction begins on the Hawks Nest Tunnel Dam

 

  • The clean air and water acts