A New History of Kentucky

A New History of Kentucky

A New History of Kentucky

A New History of Kentucky

Synopsis

" 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.

Excerpt

Kentucky has a rich history the goal of this book is to present that history in a clear and comprehensive fashion so readers can discover how Kentuckians lived throughout recorded time. Undertaking such a task is a challenge, for the resulting story is one of change and complexity, of continuity and the commonplace; there are many stories to be told, each one important.

Readers of a history of the commonwealth must understand that the state has been many things to many people at different times in its past. It was the First West, the initial state west of the mountains; it was a border state between the North and South and was represented with a star in the flags of both the Confederate States and the United States; it was a place whose residents came to think of themselves as southern-with a few exceptions-and it is usually included in that region when divisions are made. in short, Kentucky blends many parts of the American experience, and studying its history helps us to understand the heritage of the United States.

Yet states are different, and only in understanding those differences can a national history be fashioned. For citizens in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, an awareness of the lives of the people of the past and of the actions they took is crucial to knowing the influences that affect the state even yet. What Kentucky is results from what the state has been. Without an understanding of the state’s past, present-day actions cannot be accurately judged. Moreover, by comprehending the actions of people of different times and back-

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