Kentucky Clay: Eleven Generations of a Southern Dynasty [NOOK Book]

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Eleven generations of a founding American family are examined in this sweeping history that traces the Clays of Kentucky, a true Southern dynasty. The Clays of Virginia and the Cecils of Maryland were second sons of the English aristocracy who gambled on the New World. Some of the most well-known members of this clan include Henry Clay, who ran for president against James K. Polk; his cousin, Cassius Marcellus Clay, prominent abolitionist and Lincoln’s advisor against slavery; and the matriarch Kizzie Clay, who ...

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Kentucky Clay: Eleven Generations of a Southern Dynasty

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Overview

Eleven generations of a founding American family are examined in this sweeping history that traces the Clays of Kentucky, a true Southern dynasty. The Clays of Virginia and the Cecils of Maryland were second sons of the English aristocracy who gambled on the New World. Some of the most well-known members of this clan include Henry Clay, who ran for president against James K. Polk; his cousin, Cassius Marcellus Clay, prominent abolitionist and Lincoln’s advisor against slavery; and the matriarch Kizzie Clay, who buried the family silver and escaped by flatboat to avoid marauding Union soldiers. The history of the early colonial period in America—from the time of their arrival in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1613 and St. Mary’s, Maryland, in 1634 through the trek across Virginia to the Appalachian Mountains, their eventual intermarriage in 1800, and their move across the mountains to Kentucky—comes to life through this well-researched family saga that heralds the adventures and accomplishments of the men in the family, as well as reveals the stories and nontraditional roles of the strong, selfish, and headstrong women.

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Editorial Reviews

Blue Ridge Country
A rich narrative.
genealogymagazine.com
Beautifully printed and well-illustrated.
Southern Seasons
Sweeping . . . well-researched.
The Decatur Daily
A most readable family history.
What's Happening-Highland Park
[Bateman's] story is highly perceptive and feels like a genuine rendering of a personal mythology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569762738
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,277,398
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Katherine Bateman is the author of The Young Investor. She is a former professor of art history at both Berea College in Kentucky and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    Interesting... Interesting...

    Eleven Generations of a Southern Dynasty<BR/>Katherine Bateman<BR/>Chicago Review Press, 2008<BR/>ISBN: 9781556527951<BR/>Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 11/08<BR/>5 Stars<BR/>Interesting¿<BR/>I was eager to read Kentucky Clay, because I enjoy Kentucky history. Katherine Bateman shares her family¿s past with readers. Bateman discusses the items she has inherited from her family. I was very touched by the narrative concerning the women. They were a courageous lot. <BR/>There is a fold out family tree to assist readers in keeping track of who is who. Bateman has included several photographs; I would have enjoyed more. Family history is something to be cherished. Perhaps someday I will attempt to pen my familiy¿s history. After all, the famous Hatfield¿s of the Hatfield and McCoy feud are part of my past.

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