Resistance in the Bluegrass
Empowering the Commonwealth
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
Sales Date: 05/31/2022
From the anti-segregation sit-ins of the 1960s to the 2020 protests in response to the killing of Breonna Taylor, the rest of the nation—and often the world—has watched as Kentuckians boldly fought against injustice. In Resistance in the Bluegrass, Farrah Alexander outlines how Kentucky's activists have opposed racism, discrimination, economic inequality, and practices that accelerate climate change; advocated for better education, more humane immigration policies, and appropriate political representation; and supported LGBTQ+ and women's rights, while also celebrating decades of Kentucky contributions to social justice movements and the people behind them.
Resistance in the Bluegrass gives engaged citizens—and those who aim to become more engaged—inspiration and guidance for how they too can make a difference across the commonwealth. With interviews and issue-by-issue action items, Alexander reminds her readers that everyday citizens who step up to make a difference are at the heart of all social change. Optimistic and accessible, Resistance in the Bluegrass is a people's history and guide that calls Kentuckians of all backgrounds to action.
Foreword by State Representative Attica Scott
Chapter One: Poverty
Chapter Two: Environment
Chapter Three: Religion
Chapter Four: Education
Chapter Five: Political Representation
Chapter Six: Racial Justice
Chapter Seven: LGBTQ Rights
Chapter Eight: Immigration
Chapter Nine: Feminism and Reproductive Rights
About the Author
In a tornado of news that seems to be getting worse all the time, it's easy to miss all the good things happening in your community. Farrah Alexander captures them by telling the stories of unsung heroes with wit, grace, and compassion. Resistance in the Bluegrass is a clear-eyed, hopeful assessment of the problems facing middle America, and an essential read for would-be changemakers.~Dan Canon, author of Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class
In the Stacks chatted with Farrah Alexander is a writer whose work has been featured in HuffPost, BUST, and Scary Mommy.
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