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Frank L. McVey and the University of KentuckyA Progressive President and the Modernization of a Southern University$
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Eric A. Moyen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129839

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129839.001.0001

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Surviving the Great Depression and Reforming the South 1932–1936

Surviving the Great Depression and Reforming the South 1932–1936

(p.187) Chapter 5 Surviving the Great Depression and Reforming the South 1932–1936
Frank L. McVey and the University of Kentucky

Eric A. Moyen

University Press of Kentucky

The economic crisis that the nation experienced during the 1930s had a significant negative impact on the agricultural-based economy of the commonwealth. However, McVey made every effort to ensure that the university would be able to receive its share from the already depleted funds of the state. The state's college presidents as well as the superintendent of public instruction met at Louisville'S Seelbach Hotel on January 1, 1932, to discuss a strategy that would work for the legislature to accommodate the projected revenue deficit. The initial proposal involved state colleges refraining from requesting construction funds, and McVey personally met with Governor Ruby Laffoon. This chapter looks into how the state dealt with the Great Depression, particularly at how the state colleges were able to manage.

Keywords:   economic crisis, Governor Ruby Laffoon, college president, public instruction, superintendent, Great Depression

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