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The casual and the serious of American history—fiddlers, yarn spinners, and riverboat gamblers, politicians, educators, and social reformers—have all concerned Thomas D. Clark, celebrated historian of the Western frontier and the changing South. Three American Frontiers, a volume of his selected writings, draws from works produced throughout Clark's long career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer on the frontier West, social change in the South, and the cutting-edge of historical research.

An avid researcher and a tenacious collector of original materials, Clark looks to the everyday items like the record book of a country store, the file of a small-town newspaper, or the diary of a young Gold Rusher for aids to the analysis of larger trends in history. Holman Hamilton conveys Clark's unique approach to his material and his enthusiasm for the common man in America's past.

Among the many books by Thomas Clark are The Rampaging Frontier, The Emerging South, and Pills, Petticoats and Plows.

Holman Hamilton was a reporter and columnist with the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette before receiving his Ph.D. in history from the University of Kentucky. He was a Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and professor of history at the University of Kentucky as well as President of the Kentucky Civil War Round Table and University Fellow. He was the author or editor of many books, including Three Kentucky Presidents and Prologue to Conflict.

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






Frontier history, Pioneers, Pioneer history, Pioneer life


United States History

Three American Frontiers: Writings of Thomas D. Clark
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