About Kanawha Valley star. (Charleston, Va. [W. Va.]) 1856-1861
Charleston, Va. [W. Va.] (1856-1861)
- Kanawha Valley star. : (Charleston, Va. [W. Va.]) 1856-1861
- Place of publication:
- Charleston, Va. [W. Va.]
- Geographic coverage:
- Jno. Rundle
- Dates of publication:
- Ceased July 2, 1861.
- Vol. 2, no. 23 (Sept. 30, 1856)-
- Charleston (W. Va.)--Newspapers.
- "State sovereignty & a constitutional union."
- Available on microfilm from U.M.I.
- sn 85059862
- Preceding Titles:
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- First Issue Last Issue
Star of the Kanawha Valley and Kanawha Valley star
The premier issue of the Star of the Kanawha Valley was published on January 1, 1855, in Buffalo, Virginia, now West Virginia. Â Proprietors John Rundle, William Murrell, and William Kennedy dedicated the newspaper to advocating the rights of the South but supporting no political party and to promoting economic development and internal improvements in western Virginia, particularly along the Kanawha River.Â The weekly publication had four pages with 28 columns per issue. In March 1855, after Kennedyâ€™s departure, Rundle and Murrell revised their original intention to remain politically neutral and shifted the Star to a position staunchly promoting and openly defending the Democratic Party, a position the paper maintained until publication ceased on July 2, 1861.
Its office was destroyed by arson sometime after August 15, 1855, but the Star resumed publishing by November 15.Â When Rundle became sole proprietor on July 23, 1856, he asserted that â€œthere would be a Constitutional Union or no unionâ€� and, beginning with the November 4 issue, added the statesâ€™ rights motto â€œState Sovereignty & A Constitutional Unionâ€� under the title. The newspaper was renamed the Kanawha Valley Star on September 30, 1856, and the printing office was moved from Buffalo to Charleston â€œin the first building below the courthouse.â€�
While the Star usually endorsed the interests of eastern Virginia on issues of national significance--specifically, in supporting slavery, opposing abolition, and limiting the power of Congress, the paperâ€™s journalistic hallmark was its drive to increase the progress of industry, transportation, and the economy in general among the counties of western Virginia. The Starâ€™s writers included nearly a dozen prominent Charleston attorneys, all staunch Democrats and proponents of the statesâ€™ rights ideology, which made the paper much more sectional and radical in its editorials and therefore more typical of the Southern press. Coverage of regional politics soon gave way to national issues such as the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Emigrant Aid Society, the American or â€œKnow-Nothingâ€� Party, the emergence of the new Republican Party, the actions of John
Brown at Harperâ€™s Ferry, and eventually, the circumstances leading to the Civil War.Â After the election of President Abraham Lincoln in November 1860, the Star supported the southern statesâ€™ move toward secession and the establishment of the Confederacy. It denounced the convention held in Wheeling to form a loyal, unionist government for Virginia. Union forces occupied the offices of the Kanawha Valley Star after they captured Charleston in June and July 1861. John Rundle left the newspaper to join the Confederate Army, and the final issue of the Star appeared on July 2, 1861.
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