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Taking the TownCollegiate and Community Culture in the Bluegrass, 1880-1917$
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Kolan Thomas Morelock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125046

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125046.001.0001

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“This City's Never Dull”

“This City's Never Dull”

Public Culture in Progressive Era Lexington

(p.142) (p.143) Chapter Five “This City's Never Dull”
Taking the Town

Kolan Thomas Morelock

University Press of Kentucky

During the shift of the Bluegrass city from Victorian to “progressive”, the collegiate literary societies of Lexington veered away from a cultural stage, as well as from how the campus seemed to have drawn much attention. However, the advance was seen to have been grounded on the racist yet intellectual cultural climate of the New South. Governor A. O. Stanley, along with three of his friends, boarded a chartered train from Louisville to Murray, where he was to rebuke a mob that was enraged by how the white judge and prosecutor attempted to shield a black alleged murderer. This chapter illustrates how one of the fundamental features of the early-twentieth-century New South entailed a cultural diversity influenced by Victorian images and white supremacy.

Keywords:   progressive city, cultural stage, literary society, New South, Governor Stanley, racism, white supremacy

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