Kentucky is most commonly associated with horses, tobacco fields, bourbon, and coal mines. There is much more to the state, though, than stories of feuding families and Colonel Sanders' famous fried chicken. Kentucky has a rich and often compelling history, and James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter introduce readers to an exciting story that spans 12,000 years, looking at the lives of Kentuckians from Native Americans to astronauts. The Klotters examine all aspects of the state's history—its geography, government, social life, cultural achievements, education, and economy. A Concise History of Kentucky recounts the events of the deadly frontier wars of the state's early history, the divisive Civil War, and the shocking assassination of a governor in 1900. The book tells of Kentucky's leaders from Daniel Boone and Henry Clay to Abraham Lincoln, Mary Breckinridge, and Muhammad Ali. The authors also highlight the lives of Kentuckians, both famous and ordinary, to give a voice to history. The Klotters explore Kentuckians' accomplishments in government, medicine, politics, and the arts. They describe the writing and music that flowered across the state, and they profile the individuals who worked to secure equal rights for women and African Americans. The book explains what it was like to work in the coal mines and explains the daily routine on a nineteenth-century farm. The authors bring Kentucky's story to the twenty-first century and talk about the state's modern economy, where auto manufacturing jobs are replacing traditional agricultural work. A collaboration of the state historian and an experienced educator, A Concise History of Kentucky is the best single resource for Kentuckians new and old who want to learn more about the past, present, and future of the Bluegrass State.
James C. Klotter is professor of history at Georgetown College and the state historian of Kentucky. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including A New History of Kentucky. Freda C. Klotter has twenty-five years of classroom experience and currently serves as an educational consultant for the nonprofit Kentucky Collaborative for Teaching and Learning.
"A great resource on state history." —Kentucky Kernel
"A husband and wife team of teachers has done their part to give a fuller picture of our fair state in A Concise History of Kentucky. The Klotters have distilled our state's history and culture into just over 200 enjoyable and easy-to-read pages.""Digestible to a wider range of readers than the average history text, including students who are just beginning to delve into the past.""There are enough gems of knowledge in A Concise History of Kentucky to make it a treat for anyone who loves the Bluegrass State, its colorful people and its towns."—Louisville Voice-Tribune
"A work that makes Kentucky's history accessible to a very large audience of readers who are looking for an engaging journey into the past."—West Virginia History
"Overall the Klotters do a good job of balancing the large amount of stories in our state's history with the depth that goes into providing the reader with an understanding and appreciation for their telling. "Interesting and erudite...allow readers unfamiliar with the study of the part to...play the role of historian.""Handsomely illustrated...summary of the state's history." —Lexington Herald-Leader
"A solid introduction to the state—past, present, and future—that is accessible to readers of all ages."—Lone Star Book Review
"The history of Kentucky is interesting and intriguing. The Klotters have ensured their book is the same. Whether read for academic purposes or simply for enjoyment, there is nothing here to disappoint."—Armchair Interviews
"A useful guide in a convenient and well-written format."—Ohio History
"An excellent and concise history of Kentucky that will find wide appeal for many family history researchers in general."—Kentucky Ancestors