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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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Working in Kentucky

Working in Kentucky

(p.127) Chapter Eight Working in Kentucky
A Concise History of Kentucky

James C. Klotter

Freda C. Klotter

University Press of Kentucky

The common images of Kentucky include how it was well-known for producing tobacco, coal, horses, bourbon, and even fried chicken. The need arises, however, to look into whether this image still holds true for the present-day economy. Initially, most people grew corn on their farms and before the Civil War, Kentucky was rich in agriculture and as a result many attempted to grow a wide variety of other crops such as tobacco, hemp, and rye. Kentucky's varied farming economy fostered. During the nineteenth century, Kentucky became host to several different growing businesses that catered to different markets. Some of the significant factors that aided in locating businesses involved railroads and interstate highways to accommodate the coal mining industry. In contrast, Kentucky today is often perceived as a manufacturing state that relies greatly on factory products.

Keywords:   agriculture, coal mining, businesses, interstate highways, railroads, manufacturing, factory products

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