Concise History of Kentucky, A

Authors: James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter

Kentucky is most commonly known for horses, tobacco fields, bourbon, and coal mines. There is much more to the state, though, than stories of feuding families and Colonial Sanders’s famous fried chicken.

Kentucky has a rich and compelling history, and James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter introduce readers to an exciting story that spans 12,000 years, looking at the lives of Kentuckians from Native Americans to astronauts. The Klotters examine all aspects of the state’s history---its geography, government, social life, cultural strengths, education, and economy. They recount the events of the deadly frontier wars, the divisive Civil War, and the shocking assassination of a governor. They write of Kentucky’s leaders from Danial Boone and Henry Clay to Abraham Lincoln, Mary Breckinridge, and Muhammad Ali, and tell of the writing and music that flowered across the state. The authors also highlight the lives of individual Kentuckians, both famous and ordinary, to give a voice to history.

A collaboration of the state historian and an experienced education, A Concise History of Kentucky is the best single resource for Kentuckians new and old who want to learn more about the past, present, and future of the Bluegrass State.

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