The authors are aware of the limitations of a single volume which attempts to cover the events of three and a half centuries. They hope, however, that this new edition of West Virginia: The Mountain State will meet the expectations and needs of both student and general reader. The availability of new material, mostly scholarly monographs, has necessitated not only the revision of the early chapters but also the recasting of the later ones. Consequently, that part of the 1940 volume covering the history of West Virginia since 1870 has been entirely rewritten. Chapters relating the political, social, and economic development of the state since 1940 have also been added. The present volume contains a number of illustrations not found in the 1940 work.
For helpful criticism, the authors wish to thank the following members of the West Virginia University faculty and staff: Dean Armand R. Collet, Professor Albert L. Sturm, and Associate Professor William D. Barns of the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor Maurice G. Brooks of the College of Agriculture; Professor Marlyn E. Lugar of the College of Law; Director John O. Knapp and Charles H. Hartley, former State Club Leader, of the Agricultural Extension Division; and Dr. John A. Caruso of the University Extension Division. For reading the chapter on military history, thanks go to Captain William E. Miller, the Assistant Adjutant General of the West Virginia. The authors owe debts of gratitude to members of the library staff of West Virginia University for unfailing courtesy and cheerful responses to countless requests. Acknowledgments are also due the authors' secretaries, Mrs. Naomi Bennett and Mrs. Elizabeth Carnahan Lemon, whose skill and painstaking care expedited both the writing and the manufacture of the book. For errors which may have crept in, the authors ask the kind indulgence of their readers.
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