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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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From Statehood to the Civil War

From Statehood to the Civil War

(p.91) Chapter Six From Statehood to the Civil War
A Concise History of Kentucky

James C. Klotter

Freda C. Klotter

University Press of Kentucky

The commonwealth saw rapid growth during the period between 1792 when Kentucky became a state and the beginning of the Civil War in 1861. Several visitors perceived Kentucky to be a good place to live thanks to Lexington's college, Louisville's strong business growth, rich farms, and various new inventions. While many of these visitors had seen Kentucky on the surface only and returned positive feedback, one of the false perceptions involves how “every man stands on his own individual merits.” There was one aspect of Kentucky that was not exposed to the majority, and this included the lives of those who were enslaved, particularly African Americans. This chapter analyzes how the slaves were treated differently from one place to another, how slavery proliferated in several parts of America during this period, and how these slaves sought freedom through different measures and the contributions of various political leaders.

Keywords:   commonwealth, Civil War, slavery, African Americans, freedom, political leaders

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