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Kentucky RisingDemocracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War$
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James A. Ramage

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134406

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.001.0001

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Steamboats, Entertainment, Journalism, and Culture

Steamboats, Entertainment, Journalism, and Culture

(p.129) 6 Steamboats, Entertainment, Journalism, and Culture
Kentucky Rising

James A. Ramage

Andrea S. Watkins

University Press of Kentucky

Kentucky newspapers printed clippings from eastern journals and overflowed with world news and information about events on the Atlantic coast. They linked Kentuckians with their former lives in the east and with Europe and the world. Steamboats were the most important factor in the economic expansion of the trans-Appalachian West; they delivered passengers, manufactured goods, farm products, and newspapers to distant locations. Kentucky had more miles of navigable river than most other states and its waterways were quickly turned into superhighways. Theatres and music also came to Kentucky, exposing citizens to new forms of entertainment.

Keywords:   steamboats, theatre, newspaper, river, music

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