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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

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

James C. Klotter

Freda C. Klotter

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.003.0003

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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