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Kentucky's first settlers brought with them a dedication to democracy and a sense of limitless hope about the future. Determined to participate in world progress in science, education, and manufacturing, Kentuckians wanted to make the United States a great nation. They strongly supported the War of 1812, and Kentucky emerged as a model of patriotism and military spirit. This book offers a new synthesis of the sixty years before the Civil War. The book explores this crucial but often overlooked period, finding that the early years of statehood were an era of great optimism and progress. Drawing on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, the book demonstrates that the eyes of the nation often focused on Kentucky, which was perceived as a leader among the states before the Civil War. Globally oriented Kentuckians were determined to transform the frontier into a network of communities exporting to the world market and dedicated to the new republic.
The University Press of Kentucky
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Kentucky, War of 1812, Patriotism, Democracy, Slavery, Science
Politics and Social Change | United States History
Ramage, James A. and Watkins, Andrea S., "Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War" (2012). United States History. 190.