Overview

Kentucky is most commonly associated with horses, tobacco fields, bourbon, and coal mines. There is much more to the state, though, than stories of feuding families and Colonel Sanders' famous fried chicken. Kentucky has a rich and often compelling history, and James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter introduce readers to an exciting story that spans 12,000 years, looking at the lives of Kentuckians from Native Americans to astronauts. The Klotters examine all aspects of the state's history — its geography, ...

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A Concise History of Kentucky

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Overview

Kentucky is most commonly associated with horses, tobacco fields, bourbon, and coal mines. There is much more to the state, though, than stories of feuding families and Colonel Sanders' famous fried chicken. Kentucky has a rich and often compelling history, and James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter introduce readers to an exciting story that spans 12,000 years, looking at the lives of Kentuckians from Native Americans to astronauts. The Klotters examine all aspects of the state's history — its geography, government, social life, cultural achievements, education, and economy. A Concise History of Kentucky recounts the events of the deadly frontier wars of the state's early history, the divisive Civil War, and the shocking assassination of a governor in 1900. The book tells of Kentucky's leaders from Daniel Boone and Henry Clay to Abraham Lincoln, Mary Breckinridge, and Muhammad Ali. The authors also highlight the lives of Kentuckians, both famous and ordinary, to give a voice to history. The Klotters explore Kentuckians' accomplishments in government, medicine, politics, and the arts. They describe the writing and music that flowered across the state, and they profile the individuals who worked to secure equal rights for women and African Americans. The book explains what it was like to work in the coal mines and explains the daily routine on a nineteenth-century farm. The authors bring Kentucky's story to the twenty-first century and talk about the state's modern economy, where auto manufacturing jobs are replacing traditional agricultural work. A collaboration of the state historian and an experienced educator, A Concise History of Kentucky is the best single resource for Kentuckians new and old who want to learn more about the past, present, and future of the Bluegrass State.

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"A solid introduction to the state—past, present, and future—that is accessible to readers of all ages."—Lone Star Book Review" —

"The history of Kentucky is interesting and intriguing. The Klotters have ensured their book is the same. Whether read for academic purposes or simply for enjoyment, there is nothing here to disappoint."—Armchair Interviews" —

"A useful guide in a convenient and well-written format."—Ohio History" —

"An excellent and concise history of Kentucky that will find wide appeal for many family history researchers in general."—Kentucky Ancestors" —

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813139234
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 3/19/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 391,755
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

James C. Klotter is professor of history at Georgetown College and the state historian of Kentucky. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including A New History of Kentucky. Freda C. Klotter has twenty-five years of classroom experience and currently serves as an educational consultant for the nonprofit Kentucky Collaborative for Teaching and Learning.

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Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Frontiers-Then and Now     1
The Past     3
Writing about the Past     3
Native Americans in Kentucky     4
Paleo-Indians, 10,000 to 8000 B.C.     5
Archaic Period, 8000 to 1000 B.C.     6
Woodland Period, 1000 B.C. to A.D. 1000     6
Late Prehistoric Period, A.D. 1000 to 1750     7
The Great Dying     8
The Name "Kentucky"     9
Starting a State     11
The First West     14
The First Explorers     15
What They Found     17
Coming to Kentucky     20
Settling a State     21
Daniel Boone     24
Hard Times     26
Choices     27
The End of the Frontier     30
Statehood     30
Different Kentuckys     33
The People of Kentucky     33
Kentucky Homes     34
The Land     35
Climate     40
Geographic Regions     41
Jackson Purchase     41
Pennyroyal (or Pennyrile)     42
Western Coal Fields     42
Bluegrass     43
Mountains (Eastern Coal Fields)     43
Cultural or Human Regions     44
Appalachia (Eastern Kentucky)     45
Northern Kentucky     46
Bluegrass     46
South-Central Kentucky     48
Louisville     49
West Kentucky     50
Jackson Purchase     52
Regionalism     52
Kentucky Names     53
The Government of Kentucky     55
The Kentucky Constitution     55
Levels and Branches of Government     56
The Executive Branch     57
The Judicial Branch     59
The Legislative Branch     62
The Mystery of "Honest Dick" Tate     62
Living in Kentucky     65
Daily Life     65
Clothes and Fashion     67
Food     68
Work     71
Health     74
Fun and Games     78
Religion     85
From Statehood to the Civil War     91
Slavery     91
Slave Life     92
Freedom     96
Antislavery     100
Key Political Leaders     101
Three Kentucky Presidents     103
The Civil War and the End of a Century     109
The Brothers' War     111
On the Battlefield     112
Guerrillas     116
Results of the War     117
From the End of the Civil War to the Start of a New Century     120
Feuds and Murders     122
Working in Kentucky     127
Farming     127
Early Business and King Coal     130
Modern Industries     132
Global Kentucky     140
Words, Music, and More     143
Early Writing     143
Twentieth-Century Writers     146
Modern Writers     149
Writing History, Poetry, and Drama     150
Newspapers     154
Music     155
Radio and Television     159
Visual Arts     160
Motion Pictures     161
Kentucky in the Twentieth Century     163
The Transportation Revolution     163
The Communication Revolution     165
The New Deal     167
Wars     168
Out-Migration     171
Equal Rights     172
Equal Rights for Women      172
Equal Rights for All Races     175
Politics     179
Kentucky's Best Year     182
Going to School     183
Early Kentucky Schools     183
Life in School     185
Special Schools     189
Schools in the Twentieth Century and Beyond     190
Colleges and Universities     192
College Life     194
Today and Tomorrow in Kentucky     197
A Typical Kentuckian     197
Saving Parts of the Past     198
Identifying Future Issues     199
The Future     200
Appendixes     203
Additional Sources for Research     219
Index     221
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