Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War

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University Press of Kentucky, Nov 4, 2011 - History - 480 pages

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.

Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War offers a new synthesis of the sixty years before the Civil War. James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins explore 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, Ramage and Watkins demonstrate 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. Kentucky Rising offers a valuable new perspective on the eras of slavery and the Civil War.

This book is a copublication with the Kentucky Historical Society.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Henry Clay Part One
17
2 Henry Clay Part Two
37
3 Art and Architecture
60
4 Politics Stump Speaking and How the West Was Won
82
5 Half Horse and Half Alligator
97
6 Steamboats Entertainment Journalism and Culture
129
7 Religion and Women
148
11 The Experience of Slavery
236
12 The Politics of Slavery
257
13 Civil War Part One
277
14 Civil War Part Two
297
15 Civil War Part Three
314
Epilogue
336
Acknowledgments
349
Notes
353

8 Mexican War
170
9 Surgery Medical Botany and Science
187
Photo Insert
192
10 Calomel Cholera and Science
215

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About the author (2011)

James A. Ramage, Regents Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University, is the author of John Wesley Hunt: Pioneer Merchant, Manufacturer, and Financier and Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan.

Andrea S. Watkins is assistant professor of history at Northern Kentucky University.

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