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This book explores culture and intellectual life in Lexington, Kentucky, at the turn of the twentieth century. Drawing on local newspapers and on the work of historians and other writers, it reveals Lexington to be a city of contradictions: known as a cultural “Athens of the West,” it also struggled with the poverty, ignorance, and bigotry characteristic of southern communities after the Civil War. The book examines the contributions to local culture made by the literary and dramatic clubs prevalent on the city's college campuses. It gives an account of turn-of-the-century southern intellectual life thriving within an environment of considerable turmoil, violence, and change.
The University Press of Kentucky
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978-0-8131-7305-4 (pdf version)
978-0-8131-3883-1 (epub version)
Culture, Intellectual life, Lexington, Poverty, Ignorance, Bigotry, Local culture, College
Cultural History | Higher Education | United States History
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