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Taking the Town: Collegiate and Community Culture in the Bluegrass, 1880-1917

Kolan Thomas Morelock


This book explores culture and intellectual life in Lexington, Kentucky, at the turn of the twentieth century. Drawing on local newspapers and on the work of historians and other writers, it reveals Lexington to be a city of contradictions: known as a cultural “Athens of the West,” it also struggled with the poverty, ignorance, and bigotry characteristic of southern communities after the Civil War. The book examines the contributions to local culture made by the literary and dramatic clubs prevalent on the city's college campuses. It gives an account of turn-of-the-century southern intellectua ... More

Keywords: culture, intellectual life, Lexington, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, local culture, college

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125046
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125046.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kolan Thomas Morelock, author