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This period of Kentucky's history began with the unsettled society following the close of the Civil War, included bloody feuds, and closed with the tragic Goebel assassination. This book is the most thorough and most ambitious study yet made of that significant time, and the authors recapture the drama and color of these exciting, violent, partisan, and important years. Hambleton Tapp and James C. Klotter trace the progress—or lack of it—in such fields as agriculture, architecture, commerce, literature and general culture. They present the sporting and social life of both the masses and the elite. The story of the halting progress in education, the efforts of the men and women fighting for reform, the emerging fights for blacks’ and womens’ rights—all are examined. Politics captured and held the people’s attention, and the changing and transitional political history of the era is presented in depth. Over 70 pictures and maps create the atmosphere and temper of the times. Footnotes, appendixes, an index and a bibliographical essay combine to make this a path-breaking study of a long neglected period in Kentucky history.
Hambleton Tapp of Versailles received his education at the University of Kentucky (Ph. D. 1950). He wrote and edited numerous books and articles on Kentucky history. James C. Klotter, State Historian and professor of history at Georgetown College, is the author and editor of several books, including A New History of Kentucky, History Mysteries, Our Kentucky, Kentucky: Land of Tomorrow, Kentucky: Portrait in Paradox, William Goebbel, and Faces of Kentucky.
The University Press of Kentucky
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Kentucky, Kentucky history
United States History
Tapp, Hambleton and Klotter, James C., "Kentucky: Decades of Discord, 1865-1900" (1977). United States History. 29.