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

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

James A. Ramage

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 0813134404

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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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gristmill, and orators proclaimed him “Mill Boy of the Slashes.” It is true that Clay did not attend college preparatory school or college, that beginning at age fourteen he lacked the daily guidance and comfort of a parent, and that he never studied Latin or Greek. Yet, with all the advantages Clay had, and with his outstanding education in the law and friends in Richmond, it was quite a leap in mythmaking to present him as a poor, uneducated orphan. Abraham Lincoln could recognize campaign

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