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To most people, the word “Kentucky” is likely to inspire thoughts of Derby Day, burley tobacco fields, feuding Appalachian families, coal mines, and Colonel Sanders' famous fried chicken. There is much more, however, to the Bluegrass State's rich but often unexplored history than mint juleps and the Hatfields and McCoys. This book introduces a captivating story that spans 12,000 years of Kentucky lives, from Native Americans to astronauts. All facets of Kentucky history are explored—geography, government, social structure, culture, education, and the economy—recounting unique historic events such as the deadly frontier wars, the assassination of a governor, and the birth of Bluegrass music. The book features profiles of famous Kentuckians such as Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, Loretta Lynn, and Muhammad Ali, as well as ordinary citizens.
The University Press of Kentucky
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978-0-8131-2925-9 (pdf version)
978-0-8131-3923-4 (epub version)
Kentucky, Bluegrass music, Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, Loretta Lynn, Muhammad Ali, Tobacco, Coal mines, Bluegrass State
Appalachian Studies | Cultural History | United States History
Klotter, James C. and Klotter, Freda C., "A Concise History of Kentucky" (2008). United States History. 161.