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  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Shepherd University Catalog
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HIST 309 - West Virginia and the Appalachian Region

(3 cr) This course explores the development of the Appalachian region with an emphasis on the history of western Virginia and the state of West Virginia. It will place the region within its national and global contexts and will examine the geographical, political, economic, and cultural aspects of the area's history. Specific topics covered in the course include early European settlement, sectional conflict and the West Virginia statehood movement, cultural diversity, and the development of the extraction economy. Throughout the semester students will analyze the impact of national events on the mountain south and will develop an understanding of the current problems facing the region through a detailed study of its past.



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