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The Kentucky Encyclopedia

The Kentucky Encyclopedia

JOHN E. KLEBER
THOMAS D. CLARK
LOWELL H. HARRISON
JAMES C. KLOTTER
Copyright Date: 1992
Pages: 1080
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt130htnj
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    The Kentucky Encyclopedia
    Book Description:

    The Kentucky Encyclopedia's 2,000-plus entries are the work of more than five hundred writers. Their subjects reflect all areas of the commonwealth and span the time from prehistoric settlement to today's headlines, recording Kentuckians' achievements in art, architecture, business, education, politics, religion, science, and sports. Biographical sketches portray all of Kentucky's governors and U.S. senators, as well as note congressmen and state and local politicians. Kentucky's impact on the national scene is registered in the lives of such figures as Carry Nation, Henry Clay, Louis Brandeis, and Alben Barkley. The commonwealth's high range from writers Harriette Arnow and Jesse Stuart, reformers Laura Clay and Mary Breckinridge, and civil rights leaders Whitney Young, Jr., and Georgia Powers, to sports figures Muhammad Ali and Adolph Rupp and entertainers Loretta Lynn, Merle Travis, and the Everly Brothers. Entries describe each county and county seat and each community with a population above 2,500. Broad overview articles examine such topics as agriculture, segregation, transportation, literature, and folklife. Frequently misunderstood aspects of Kentucky's history and culture are clarified and popular misconceptions corrected. The facts on such subjects as mint juleps, Fort Knox, Boone's coonskin cap, the Kentucky hot brown, and Morgan's Raiders will settle many an argument. For both the researcher and the more casual reader, this collection of facts and fancies about Kentucky and Kentuckians will be an invaluable resource.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5901-0
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-x)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. xi-xii)
  3. FOREWORD
    (pp. xiii-xiii)
    David K. Karem

    The Kentucky Bicentennial Commission was formed in 1986 to plan a celebration to commemorate Kentucky’s admission as the fifteenth state in the Union. The commission determined that this would be a true celebration of Kentucky—its history, its culture, and most important, the strength, character, and stories of its people.

    At its initial meeting, the commission recognized the need for a comprehensive reference work on the commonwealth. Since that time, the commission has dedicated itself to producingThe Kentucky Encyclopediaas the cornerstone of the bicentennial celebration. This project would not have succeeded without the devotion of our commission members...

  4. PREFACE
    (pp. xiv-xvi)
    John E. Kleber
  5. KENTUCKY: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    (pp. xvii-xxxiii)
    Thomas D. Clark

    The area later to become Kentucky was politically undefined at mid-eighteenth century. Its first white visitors found a region of diverse geographical and geological areas, a condition that in later years would have a profound bearing on the history of Kentucky. For convenience’ sake, geologists and geographers early subdivided the Kentucky region into five major physical areas with numerous subdivisions. All of these have had a bearing upon the course of human life, and upon flora and fauna distribution as well.

    Just as the physiographical regions have borne upon the course of Kentucky history, so have the layers of human...

  6. GUIDE FOR READERS
    (pp. xxxiv-xxxiv)
  7. The Kentucky Encyclopedia

  8. BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY
    (pp. 977-984)
  9. INDEX
    (pp. 985-1046)