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The first comprehensive history of the state since the publication of Thomas D. Clark's landmark History of Kentucky over sixty years ago. A New History of Kentucky brings the Commonwealth to life, from Pikeville to the Purchase, from Covington to Corbin, this account reveals Kentucky's many faces and deep traditions. Lowell Harrison, professor emeritus of history at Western Kentucky University, is the author of many books, including George Rogers Clark and the War in the West, The Civil War in Kentucky, Kentucky's Road to Statehood, Lincoln of Kentucky, and Kentucky's Governors.

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"Students would love this information to be presented in the classroom. Trivia buffs should love the variety of factoids to be gleaned. Kentuckians and those whose family pedigree includes ancestors from the state will take pride in the work. The history of Kentucky is interesting and intriguing. The Klotters have ensured their book is the same." — Linda Lee, Armchair Interviews
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Produced by two of Kentucky's most active and respected historians, this is the first comprehensive history of the Commonwealth since Thomas C. Clark chronicled Kentucky history some 60 years ago. The book's 25 chapters relate the story in chronological fashion, from pioneer days to the current challenges. Maps, figures, and tables help readers to visualize the personalities and events. This work is essential for every public and academic library in the state, and academic and some public libraries elsewhere will probably want to add it to their collections.Richard C. Brown, Boyle Cty. P.L., Danville, Ky.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813120089
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 424,698
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Table of Contents

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1 A Place Called Kentucke 5
2 Exploring the Western Waters 15
3 Settling a New Land 24
4 The Years of the American Revolution 33
5 The Road to Statehood 48
6 From Constitution to Constitution, 1792-1799 65
7 Kentucky in the New Nation, 1792-1815 80
8 Kentucky after Fifty Years of Settlement 96
9 Politics and Politicians, 1820-1859 109
10 Economic Development 125
11 Social and Cultural Changes 146
12 Slavery and Antislavery 167
13 The Road to War 181
14 The Civil War 195
15 1865 and After 215
16 Reconstruction, Readjustment, and Race, 1865-1875 234
17 Decades of Discord, 1875-1900 249
18 Progressivism, Prohibition, and Politics, 1900-1920 272
19 Bourbon Barons, Tobacco Tycoons, and King Coal: The Economy, 1865-1995 292
20 Culture and Communications, 1865-1995 317
21 The Transitional Twenties 343
22 Old Problems and a New Deal 359
23 Education and Equality, 1865-1995 376
24 A Half Century of Kentucky Politics 400
25 New Challenges, Old Traditions 426
App. A Some Facts and Figures 445
App. B Kentucky's Governors 446
App. C Kentucky's Counties 451
Selected Bibliography 453
Acknowledgments 500
Index 503
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