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The Fall of Kentucky's Rock: Western Kentucky Democratic Politics since the New Deal

George G. Humphreys


This in-depth study offers a new examination of a region that is often overlooked in political histories of the Bluegrass State. George G. Humphreys traces the arc of politics and the economy in western Kentucky from avid support of the Democratic Party to its present-day Republican identity. He demonstrates that, despite its relative geographic isolation, the region west of the eastern boundary of Hancock, Ohio, Butler, Warren, and Simpson Counties to the Mississippi River played significant roles in state and national politics during the New Deal and postwar eras. Drawing on extensive archiv ... More

Keywords: kentucky, new deal, politics, western kentucky, tennessee valley authority, coal mining, state politics, democratic party, republican party, wpa, happy chandler, alben barkley, sales tax legislation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780813182339
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813182339.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George G. Humphreys, author