A New History of Kentucky

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"Making sense of these elements in both the regional and national settings is the challenge of state history, and one gallantly essayed by this book. The authors divide the labor and do differ from each other in their interests." — Arkansas Historical Quarterly

"This well-written and judiciously illustrated history does not read like a normal historical work. A New History of Kentucky provides an enjoyable sojourn through Kentucky without the driving expense." — Bowling Green Daily News

"Harrison and Klotter have... established a model for other state histories." — Indiana Magazine of History

"The writing is clear, crisp, and exciting.... The arrangement and topic selection throughout is especially good. Everything from county politics to music is treated with an eye for topical conciseness and uniform, lyrical, precision." — Journal of American History

"Will be 'the book' to read about Kentucky for many years to come by the general reader and scholar alike." — Journal of Southern History

"It deserves to be called our state's new definitive history. Best of all, its readable style will please the broad general audience of citizens and students for whom this book is intended." — Lexington Herald Leader

"An invaluable guide to the forces that have shaped the state's history and the patterns in that history that will well serve the needs of those who, in the new century and in the new millennium, recognize the truth in the words 'the past is prologue." — Louisville Courier Journal

"The authors pay much attention to detail without overwhelming their readers in minutiae. They invite one to experience and appreciate the Commonwealth and share their passion for its history. The honest, clear accounts describe a story that is rich, and brilliant, as well as sinister." — Northern Kentucky Heritage

"This book reveals what the writing of state history can be. I wish Ohio had a history like this one." — Ohio History

"The people of Kentucky (and all persons interested in the Bluegrass state) now have a 'new history' that incorporates the findings of the last generation of historical research and writing." — Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"A work that is both enjoyable and utilitarian; something not always achieved in works of this kind... From the earliest settlers to the recent reforms in Kentucky government and education, topics are arranged to both inform and enlighten the reader about the nature of the Commonwealth's history." — Southern Historian

"The book is a welcome synthesis of old and new research on the region, especially in political and economic history." — The Filson Club Historical Quarterly

"This book is a useful guide in a convenient and well-written format." — John Hennen, Ohio History

"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

Library Journal
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: 289,886
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Table of Contents

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List of Tables
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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