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  1. Book Notes – Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front

    Book Notes – Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front

    Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front. By David J. Bettez. (2016. Pp. 428. $45.00. Hardback. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-6801-2. Hot off the presses from the University of Kentucky Press comes a wonderful new resource about the First World War and its impact on Kentuckians. We can never emphasize enough the importance of placing your ancestors’ lives into context. Even though most of us have run across a WWI draft card for several of our male ancestors, I don’t think we understand the full impact...

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  2. Book Notes – Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners

    Book Notes – Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners

    Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners. By Katherine J. Black. (2015. Pp. 221. $24.95. Paperback. Athens: Ohio University Press: A Swallow Press Book. 31 S. Court St., Suite 143, Athens, OH 45701-2979. www.ohioswallow.com) ISBN: 978-0-8040-1162-4. Gardening, by nature, is often a solitary endeavor. We commune with the plants, soil, and weather…only later, sometimes sharing our spoils with others. In Kentucky, gardening has always been a dominant presence. Most of our Kentucky ancestors had some connection to growth, either by farming, or tending the garden to feed the family. Today, the gardening process is still going strong due to a heritage of...

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  3. Book Notes – The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South

    Book Notes – The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South

    The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South. By H. Roger Grant. (2014 Pp. 191. $40.00. Hardcover. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/) ISBN: 978-0-253-01181-7. Roger Grant is a History Professor at Clemson University and has written over 30 books, several of which involved railroads. This particular book, which is well documented, focuses on Antebellum plans to expand transportation overland and particularly creating a line from Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston. What enhances the value of this book is that it not only covers the transportation issues over land in the early 1800s and into the...

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  4. Book Notes – Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front During World War II

    Book Notes – Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front During World War II

    Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front During World War II. By Richard E. Holl. (2015. Pp. 396. $45.00. Hardcover. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-6563-9. Often when we think of World War II, we think of those serving on the front line—the experience of the soldier on European soil or in the Pacific. Richard E. Holl’s Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front during World War II offers readers the first comprehensive account of the war effort by those at home in Kentucky. This is a meticulously researched  study of World...

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