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HIST - Modern Kentucky

by: Megan Owren

HIST - Modern Kentucky His 112

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The Making of Modern Kentucky
Melanie Beals Goan
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Megan Owren on Saturday September 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to His 112 at University of Kentucky taught by Melanie Beals Goan in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see The Making of Modern Kentucky in History at University of Kentucky.


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Date Created: 09/10/16
Meg Owren History of Modern Kentucky 30 Aug – 8 Sept 2016 Kentucky: A place of great promise  Politically powerful  Socially advanced  Economically powerful Settlement of Kentucky Originally off limits - - proclamation Lure of the west  Adventure  Escape  ^desire for a better life - - danger and great risk^ A New Nation  the first western state circa 1792 KY hits its high stride  rapid growing population  “The Athens of the west”  1775: 150 vs 1800: 221,000 - - 6 largest in 1820 Economic potential  Hemp = main cash crop  Home to National leaders o John Crittended o John Beckinridge o Henry Clay Humanitarianism  Doctors & surgeons  Second hospital for the mentally ill  First school for the deaf  LIMITED POSSIBILITIES KY & slavery  ‘born to sin’  Climate was not suited to slavery  Slaves were 24% of the population at its peak in 1840  State was torn in 2 o Border state o Union during the Civil War o Second to last to free its slaves Where do we stand?  Declining population  Stereotypes  A changing nation o Immigration - - - - - o Industrialization - - economic change o Urbanization - - - - -  Reluctant to move forward // the lost cause o Ominous beginnings th Late 19 century – corruption and violence became KY’s trademarks 1891: KY writes a new constitution  Moonshine related violence o Unregulated alcohol o ‘legal’ after the civil war  Governor William Goebel o Assassinated January 1900  KY has two governors o Goebel – democrat (died) o Taylor – republican 1880  2/3 of KY is agriculture o Farming is a way of life through the 20 century  The image: o Easy to romanticize farming o Independence o Bond with land and nature o Sense of community  The reality: o Farm life is hard  Education is sacrificed o Changing  Economy – no guaranteed stability  Shrinking size of farms  Disease  Decline of hemp  Economic change  Leading tobacco producer in 1928 o Machine rolled cigarettes  modernization o God profit from a small plot of land  Labor intensive The Black Patch  Western KY & mid TN  Planters Protective Association o Night riders o Communities under siege  Price of tobacco rises


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