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Book Notes – James Klotter’s Bluegrass Renaissance

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Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852.   James C. Klotter and Daniel Rowland, eds.  (2012.  Pp. 400.  $40.00.  Cloth.   To purchase, order from Hopkins Fulfillment Service, P.O. Box 50370, Baltimore, MD 21211-4370; 1-800-537-5487 or 410-516-6956; Fax: 410-516-6998, or online at www.kentuckypress.com)

Klotter Bluegrass RenaissanceBluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852 is an excellent new addition to the published history of central Kentucky in the pre-Civil War days.  A collection of thirteen essays on various topics covering the life and development of Lexington and central Kentucky during the early part of the nineteenth century will provide a very helpful resource for understanding what Kentucky families were experiencing as they lived in and around Lexington as it developed and as Kentucky was settled and developed as a relatively young state.  Dr. James Klotter and Stephen Aron provide two overview essays that prepare the reader for the remaining sections that deal with various facets of life in early Kentucky such as politics, slavery, womanhood, and the development of the horse industry during that time period.  The remaining section consists of several essays that touch on the topics of science, the arts, and education.

Whatever the reader’s interest in antebellum central Kentucky, this book will definitely serve as an informative guide to that period and provide new insights into the lives of those who were here at that time.

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