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For subsistence farmers in eastern Kentucky, wealthy horse owners in the central Bluegrass, and tobacco growers in Western Kentucky, land was, and continues to be, one of the commonwealth's greatest sources of economic growth. It is also a source of nostalgia for a people devoted to tradition, a characteristic that has significantly influenced Kentucky's culture, sometimes ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published December 28th 1977)
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This book tends to turn into a diatribe that musters statistics to prove how agrarianism kept Kentucky in the backwash of history educationally, economically, and politically. All of which is true but I enjoyed the book more when it worked in closeup rather than panorama. The parts I enjoyed most dealt with the early settlement years and with the literary culture of the state. I even found a Kentucky novelist I'd never heard of. I was also struck by the many ways in which slavery retarded the ...more