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History Mysteries

History Mysteries

James C. Klotter
Copyright Date: 1989
Pages: 64
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    History Mysteries
    Book Description:

    "The reader gets to play detective in four mysteries from Kentucky's past -- the disappearances of James Harrod and "Honest Dick" Tate, the battlefield death of Indian chief Tecumseh, and the assassination of William Goebel. James Klotter offers clues but leaves the solution to the reader. James Klotter is Kentucky State Historian and professor of History at Georgetown University and is the author of A New History of Kentucky, History Mysteries, Our Kentucky, Kentucky: Land of Tomorrow, Kentucky: Portrait in Paradox, Kentucky: Decades of Discord, William Goebbel, and Faces of Kentucky.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-3629-5
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-5)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. 6-6)
    Ramona Lumpkin

    The New Books for New Readers project was made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kentucky Humanities Council, andThe Kentucky Post.The co-sponsorship and continuing assistance of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and the Kentucky Literacy Commission have been essential to our undertaking. We are also grateful for the advice and support provided to us by the University Press of Kentucky. All these agencies share our commitment to the important role that reading books should play in the lives of the people of our state, and their belief in this project has...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 7-7)
  5. The Historian as Detective
    (pp. 8-8)

    History is a record of what has taken place in the past. Studying that history can be a great deal of fun, for the action is all real. No one is making up the story. The peopledidlive and the eventsdidhappen. We can learn so much from these people of the past—from their mistakes, from their successes.

    A person who writes that history is called a historian. One author has said that a historian is really a kind of detective. That part of history is what this book is all about.

    In a mystery book or...

  6. 1. The Disappearance of James Harrod
    (pp. 9-23)

    In the year 1792, Kentucky became a state. Its frontier days were over. That same year a tall, rough, good-looking man with black hair and fierce dark eyes got ready to go on a hunting trip. His name was James Harrod. Harrod had led the first settlers into Kentucky, even before Daniel Boone. The town of Harrodsburg had been named for him. Harrod had fought the Indians. He had also helped make Kentucky a state.

    But now Harrod lived at peace and loved to relax and hunt in far-off woods. Often he would be gone for months at a time....

  7. 2. Who Killed Tecumseh?
    (pp. 25-43)

    A legend may have only a little truth to it—or a lot. In 1813 a great Indian leader died. His name was Tecumseh (TA-KUM-SE or TA-KUM-SA). His life would become legend.

    The legend told of a tall Indian man with light skin. This Indian fell in love with a white girl. She taught him how settlers lived. She read to him. But he would not give up his Indian way of life, as she asked. They did not marry. But he left as a changed person. Later, Tecumseh’s men would never kill women or children. Nor would they kill...

  8. 3. The Fate of “Honest Dick” Tate
    (pp. 45-50)

    The laws of Kentucky are based on the state Constitution. One of the parts of that Constitution says that the state’s leaders can serve only one term of office. Then they have to leave that office for at least one full term. Only a few states have that limit. Most states let people serve more than one term. Kentucky has that rule because of a man named James W. Tate. Few people have heard of him. Who was he? What did he have to do with that rule? And what happened to him?

    The people of Kentucky loved James Williams...

  9. 4. The Case of William Goebel
    (pp. 51-62)

    Up to this point in this book, the stories have shown that some parts of history have no simple answers. That is one of the lessons of history—learning that many problems in life are complex and do not have clear-cut answers. The stories of Harrod and Tecumseh, for example, showed that sometimes there can be several answers and that some writing is the opinion of one certain writer.

    Yet, much of history is based on facts. Facts are matters about which no one would disagree. This chapter looks at a man to whom something happened that has happened to...

  10. Other Readings
    (pp. 63-63)
  11. About the Author
    (pp. 64-79)