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Kentucky's Rebel Press: Pro-Confederate Media and the Secession Crisis

Berry Craig


Before Kentuckians marched off to the Civil War, Bluegrass State newspaper editors waged a war of words. Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, and other towns had competing unionist and secessionist papers. This is the first book written about border-state Kentucky’s vociferous rebel press during the secession crisis of 1860–1861. On the eve of the Civil War, Kentucky had about sixty newspapers; close to half were pro-Confederate, which made support for the secessionist cause seem stronger than it was. Loyalties were divided in Kentucky, but the rebel press was unable to overcome the state’s deep ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Kentucky, press, secession

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813174594
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813174594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Berry Craig, author