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A History of Kentucky Hardcover – August, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 531 pages
  • Publisher: Jesse Stuart Foundation; Edition Unstated edition (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945084307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945084303
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By boniferd@lindsey.edu on March 23, 1999
Although this book was published more than 60 years ago -- and has been updated several times since then -- it is THE PLACE to begin if you are curious about Kentucky's fascinating -- and often tragic -- history. Although "A New History of Kentucky" is more current and is quite good, Clark's book is essential for understanding the Bluegrass State and how it has evolved. Clark's book also gives you a deeper appreciation of "A New History" and helps you understand some of the finer points of that book as well. Clark is a first-rate historian, but he also is a wonderful story-teller as well. He weaves a compelling story about Kentucky as a place full of optimism, corruption, idealism and missed opportunity. He captures some of the commonwealth's more colorful figures without deifying anyone or losing focus. Trying to understand Kentucky without reading Clark is not unlike trying to comprehend Rome without reading Gibbon or England without reading Churchill.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rob on October 30, 2008
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I agree with the previous reviewer. This is a great starting point for someone interested in Kentucky history and definitely a "read before" reading "A New Kentucky History". It lays the foundation concerning the earliest portions of Kentucky history and really helped me understand the beginnings of my adopted home state. I would not have enjoyed A New Kentucky History nearly as much had I not read this book first. Well written and engrossing, a definite must have for anyone interested in the Bluegrass State. Yes, I know it's really a Commonwealth :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stopF451 on December 28, 2012
I grew up in Kentucky but now live in California. Dr. Clark was my history professor at the University of Kentucky in the 1960s. He was one of the most interesting teachers I encountered. This book was the textbook but he supplemented it with his engrossing lectures. He also made attendance in his class an absolute prerequisite for obtaining a passing grade. We had to write a paper in order to complete the course and I did a massive history of the Louisville, KY Courier-Journal that found me in the library microfilm department reading newspapers from the late 1700s. Kentucky has a rich and much misunderstood history and being a "border state" there was a ratio of 2-1 in favor of the North regarding men fighting in the Civil War. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to further research the state's history. Dr. Clark lived to be at least 100 years old and toward the end of his life, our Alumni Association magazine did a long feature article on him.
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