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A Concise History of Kentucky$
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James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124988

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.001.0001

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Different Kentuckys

Different Kentuckys

(p.33) Chapter Three Different Kentuckys
A Concise History of Kentucky

James C. Klotter

Freda C. Klotter

University Press of Kentucky

In terms of population, Kentucky may be ranked in the middle since it has served as the home to more than 4 million people, but this ranking has changed throughout the years. After it became a state, Kentucky housed about 221,000 men, women, and children, and its population initially experienced rapid growth. Kentucky is not without diversity as it officially is made up of 91 percent whites, 7 percent blacks, and the remaining 2 percent is composed of people from various other backgrounds. It is important to note, however, that the population of Kentucky was a lot more diverse two hundred years ago than today. While 19 percent were African Americans, 52 percent may have had ties with England, 25 percent were from Ireland, 9 percent were full-blooded Irish, about 7 percent were Welsh, and 5 percent were German. This chapter explains the different people, living setups, land use, and other such aspects of life in early Kentucky.

Keywords:   state, people, land use, living setup, background, diversity

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