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  • Intimate Reconstructionsby Catherine A. Jones

    University of Virginia Press 2015; US$ 45.00

    In Intimate Reconstructions, Catherine Jones considers how children shaped, and were shaped by, Virginia?s Reconstruction. Jones argues that questions of how to define, treat, reform, or protect children were never far from the surface of public debate and private concern in post?Civil War Virginia. Through careful examination of governmental,... more...

  • A Darkness at Dawnby Harry M. Caudill

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 28.00

    Outspoken Appalachian writer Harry M. Caudill analyzes the exploitation and decline of the eastern Kentucky mountain lands, which have rendered "no people in the nation...more forlorn than the Appalachian highlanders in our time." Frontier attitudes, a strong attachment to the land, and isolation have produced in Appalachia a backwoods culture which... more...

  • A History of the Hemp Industry in Kentuckyby James F. Hopkins

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 22.00

    It is hard to believe that at one time burley tobacco was not the chief cash crop in Kentucky. Yet for more than half a century hemp dominated the state's agricultural production. James Hopkins surveys the hemp industry in Kentucky from its beginning through its complete demise at the end of World War II, describing the processes of seeding and harvesting... more...

  • Kentucky's Age of Woodby Kenneth Clarke

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 28.00

    The old tools and wooden objects illustrated in this book are homely reminders of a time when the majestic forests of the frontier were the source not only of the pioneer's house, barn, and fences, but of his children's toys, his wife's egg basket, and a hundred other necessities and pleasures. More than fifty delicate line drawings by Ira Kohn and... more...

  • Lion of the Forestby Jr. Charles C. Cole

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    James B. Finley -- circuit rider, missionary, prison reformer, church official -- transformed the Ohio River Valley in the nineteenth century. As a boy he witnessed frontier raids, and as a youth he was known as the "New Market Devil" In adulthood, he traveled the Ohio forests, converting thousands through his thunderous preaching-and he was not abovebringing... more...

  • The Buzzel About Kentuckby Craig Thompson Friend

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Touted as an American Eden, Kentucky provides one of the most dramatic social histories of early America. In this collection, ten contributors trace the evolution of Kentucky from First West to Early Republic. The authors tell the stories of the state's remarkable settlers and inhabitants: Indians, African Americans, working-class men and women, wealthy... more...

  • The Lost State of Franklinby Kevin T. Barksdale

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    Amid the economic turmoil, Native American warfare, and political unrest following the Revolutionary War, the leadership of the Tennessee Valley declared their region independent from North Carolina and formed the state of Franklin. In The Lost State of Franklin: America's First Secession, Kevin T. Barksdale chronicles the rise and fall of the ill-fated... more...

  • Kentucky's Road to Statehoodby Lowell H. Harrison

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    On June 1,1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state in the new nation and the first west of the Alleghenies. Lowell Harrison reviews the tangled and protracted process by which Virginia's westernmost territory achieved statehood. By the early 1780s, survival of the Kentucky settlements, so uncertain only a few years earlier, was assured. The end... more...

  • Whaling Will Never Do For Meby Briton Cooper Busch

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    "I just begin to find out that whaling will never do for me and have determined to leave the ship here if possible." That sentiment, expressed by a foremast hand aboard the ship Caroline in 1843, is one shared by many of the whalemen in this fascinating book. Interest in Herman Melville's Moby Dick has contributed to a substantial literature on... more...

  • Dubious Victoryby Robert D. Sawrey

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    "To the victors belong the spoils" is a time-honored cliche. When in 1865 northern armies defeated the greatest challenge ever posed to the Union, issues of spoils and peace terms dominated public debate. But precisely what did the victorious North want from the Reconstruction process? Historians generally have shown far less interest in northern... more...