How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky From Daniel Boone to Henry Clay

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JHU Press, Mar 4, 1999 - History - 304 pages
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Eighteenth-century Kentucky was a place where Indian and European cultures collided—and, surprisingly, coincided. But this mixed world did not last, and it eventually gave way to nineteenth-century commercial and industrial development. How the West Was Lost tracks the overlapping conquest, colonization, and consolidation of the trans-Appalachian frontier. Not a story of paradise lost, this is a book about possibilities lost. It focuses on the common ground between Indians and backcountry settlers which was not found, the frontier customs that were not perpetuated, the lands that were not distributed equally, the slaves who were not emancipated, the agrarian democracy that was not achieved, and the millennium that did not arrive. Seeking to explain why these dreams were not realized, Stephen Aron shows us what did happen during Kentucky's tumultuous passage from Daniel Boone's world to Henry Clay's.

  

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Tons of good information about early Kentucky history - a bit of a dry read, but informative. :) Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
TWO The Parting of Hunters
29
THREE Land Hunting
58
FOUR The Rules of Law
82
FIVE Rights in the Woods
102
s1x The Bluegrass System
124
SEVEN The Blueing
150
EIGHT Worlds Away
170
Conclusion
192
TABLES
201
ABBREVIATIONS
209
NOTE ON SOURCES
275
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Stephen Aron is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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