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Bluegrass Renaissance

Bluegrass Renaissance

The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852

Edited by James C. Klotter and Daniel Rowland

Contributions by Stephen Aron, Shearer Davis Bowman, Gerald L. Smith, Randolph Hollingsworth, Maryjean Wall, Mark V. Wetherington, John Thelin, Tom Eblen, Mollie Eblen, Matthew Clarke, Estill Curtis Pennington, Nikos Pappas and Patrick Snadon

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

378 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 57 black and white photographs

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813136073
  • Published: August 2012



Originally established in 1775 the town of Lexington, Kentucky grew quickly into a national cultural center amongst the rolling green hills of the Bluegrass Region. Nicknamed the "Athens of the West," Lexington and the surrounding area became a leader in higher education, visual arts, architecture, and music, and the center of the horse breeding and racing industries. The national impact of the Bluegrass was further confirmed by prominent Kentucky figures such as Henry Clay and John C. Breckinridge.

Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852, chronicles Lexington's development as one of the most important educational and cultural centers in America during the first half of the nineteenth century. Editors Daniel Rowland and James C. Klotter gather leading scholars to examine the successes and failures of Central Kentuckians from statehood to the death of Henry Clay, in an investigation of the area's cultural and economic development and national influence. Bluegrass Renaissance is an interdisciplinary study of the evolution of Lexington's status as antebellum Kentucky's cultural metropolis.