Kentucky Bluegrass Country

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R. Gerald Alvey
Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1992 - History - 322 pages
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The region of north-central Kentucky near Lexington is surrounded by romance and nostalgia. Also, it is filled with living traditions that have filtered through many generations that imbue contemporary times with a distinct style and identity. Horse breeding, the cultures of tobacco and bourbon, the forms of architecture, the codes of the hunt, the traditions of gambling and dueling, convivial celebrations, regional foodways - all of these are ingredients in the folklife of the Inner Bluegrass Region that is the focus of this fascinating book. From field research and library resources this study of the region's distinctive folklore looks both into the colorful past and into the living present for the dominant patterns of Bluegrass tradition that have persisted during Kentucky's vibrant history. Although most folklife studies examine the less affluent segments of society, a striking feature of Kentucky Bluegrass Country is its attention to the folkways of the socially elite. The upper-class horse culture and the Middle-South gentry associated with it are unique in this region's remarkable folklore and are thus a central part of the enduring traditions in the Kentucky Bluegrass world.
  

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Contents

Limestone Blue Grass Boone and Folk
3
Demographics Stereotypes and the Formation
17
Fences
37
Antebellum Folk Houses
49
Postbellum Vernacular House Forms and Folk Patterns
71
The Bluegrass Gentleman Farm and Other Rural
93
Mills Taverns and Churches on the Historic Bluegrass
103
Folk Traditions of the Bluegrass Horse World
127
Riding to Hound
195
Guns Rods and Reels and Baited Fields
201
The Code Duello
215
Kentuckys Hosesome Beverage
223
From Hand to Mouth
243
Grease Spots in the Air Lamb Fries and Other
253
Afterword
285
Index
313

Traditional Horse Farm Procedures
153
The Gaming Spirit
187

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About the author (1992)

R. Gerald Alvey is a retired professor of English at the University of Kentucky who has published numerous articles on Appalachian culture.

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