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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Book Notes – The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

    Book Notes – The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

    The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. Edited by: Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel, and John A. Hardin. (2015. Pp. 596. $49.95. Hardcover. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-6065-8. The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia is the first encyclopedia to record the history of African American Kentuckians and their biographies, events, and locations of interest in one package. The more than 595 pages of biographies, events, organizations and historical records are all well documented, complete with footnotes at the end of each entry. One thing you should notice about this resource is that there are many contributing...

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  4. Book Notes–Frontiersmen in the War of 1812

    Book Notes–Frontiersmen in the War of 1812

    Frontiersman in the War of 1812. By Glen Conner. (2015. Pp. 360. $26.95. Hardback. Morley: Acclaim Press. P.O. Box 238, Morely, MO 63801. http://www.acclaimpress.com/) ISBN: 978-1-938905-90-2. When reading about the War of 1812, Conner was surprised to learn seventeen men from his home county, Allen County KY, had been in the war.  Seventeen seemed like a large number at the time; shouldn’t he have heard about them sooner in Allen County history? Most interestingly to Conner, an ancestor he had heard served in the war was not on this list of 17 men.  The driving question became: who had served from Allen...

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