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The Public Papers of Governor Martha Layne Collins, 1983-1987

by Martha Layne Collins edited by Libby Fraas

Availablecloth$100.00x 978-0-8131-0608-3
Public Papers of the Governors of Kentucky
676 pages  Pubdate: 12/08/2006  6 x 9  photo

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This volume presents the important speeches and correspondence of Governor Martha Layne Collins, the first and only woman to be elected governor of Kentucky. Papers from the state archives chronicle the agenda and rhetoric that Collins, a former schoolteacher, used to accomplish the intertwining goals of education reform and economic development. Included are Collins's letters to automobile makers to consider Kentucky as a manufacturing site and her triumphant announcement that Toyota had selected Kentucky for its plant. The volume also includes Collins's pivotal speeches during her rise to leadership in the Democratic Party, which chose her to chair its 1984 National Convention. Other chapters deal with related issues of labor and management, energy and environment, health and welfare, and women in politics. An introductory essay summarizes Collins's life and career and the impact of her administration on the future of the state.

Elizabeth Duffy Fraas is professor emerita at Eastern Kentucky University, where she taught journalism and was faculty adviser for The Eastern Progress. She is a contributor to Kentucky’s Governors and Kentucky Settlement and Statehood, 1750–1800.

Women considering careers in politics will find a chapter that includes Collins's statements to a variety of audiences on gender issues, motherhood, and the role of women in politics. -- Back Home in Kentucky

This collection of Collins’s speeches and correspondence provides a much needed view into the administration of a pivotal Kentucky leader and a pioneering woman politician. -- Caryn E. Neumann -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society -- Miami University (Oh)

Collins left a significant imprint upon Kentucky. A volume of her papers is a major and welcome contribution to the political history of the state. -- Caryn E. Neumann -- Spring 2008 -- Miami University (Oh)