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The Resource More American than southern : Kentucky, slavery, and the war for an American ideology, 1828-1861, Gary R. Matthews

More American than southern : Kentucky, slavery, and the war for an American ideology, 1828-1861, Gary R. Matthews

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More American than southern : Kentucky, slavery, and the war for an American ideology, 1828-1861
Title
More American than southern
Title remainder
Kentucky, slavery, and the war for an American ideology, 1828-1861
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Gary R. Matthews
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Language
eng
Summary
When Fort Sumter fell to Confederate troops in April 1861, most states quickly declared their allegiances to the North or South. Kentucky, however, assumed an antiwar posture that outlasted Fort Sumter by five months, begrudgingly joining the Union cause only when Confederate troops marched into the state and seized the town of Columbus. With its hesitancy to make an immediate commitment and faced with the conflicting sentiments of its people, Kentucky stood as a microcosm of the nation's dilemma. In the first comprehensive examination of Kentucky's secession crisis in nearly ninety years, Gary R. Matthews examines the antebellum social, economic, and political issues that distinguished Kentucky from the rest of the slave and border states, identifying it instead with a national perspective and its own peculiar form of Unionism. On the eve of the Civil War, Kentucky's affinity for the South was based on historical and cultural similarities, including the presence of slavery and a powerful "master class." However, the planter class that dominated early Kentucky was supplanted in the 1830s by an urban middle class that challenged both the need for slavery and the authority of the master class. Matthews analyzes the dichotomy of these two groups, examines emancipation efforts in Kentucky, and explores the intricacies of Whig politics to show how Kentucky differed from the "southern" model in significant ways. He also explains how geographical components, most importantly the southern Appalachian Mountains and the Ohio-Mississippi River system, helped define Kentucky's singular role in antebellum America. As Matthews shows, Kentuckians desired both Union and slavery, and saw secession as a threat to both. The state's unique political and economic identities had been established long before the sectional crisis, and its self-interests could be best served in a national as opposed to a sectional environment. By choosing neutrality and then Unionism, the Kentucky of 1861 proved it was more American than southern. Gary R. Matthews, an independent historian and freelance writer, is the author of Basil Wilson Duke, CSA: The Right Man in the Right Place
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VALIL
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1949-
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Matthews, Gary Robert
Dewey number
976.9/03
Index
index present
LC call number
F455
LC item number
.M37 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Kentucky
  • Slavery
  • Political culture
  • Kentucky
  • Secession
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Political culture
  • Politics and government
  • Secession
  • Slavery
  • Kentucky
Label
More American than southern : Kentucky, slavery, and the war for an American ideology, 1828-1861, Gary R. Matthews
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Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-335) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Class structure -- The paradigm -- Subregional variances -- The Whig era -- The politics of economic development -- Crisis and compromise -- Party realignment -- Cold war -- The labyrinth of sectional politics -- The secession crisis, part I -- The secession crisis, part II -- A hollow concept -- Kentucky unionism -- The end of an era
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894555090
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unknown
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First edition.
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1 online resource (xii, 345 pages)
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unknown
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online
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9781621901181
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)894555090
Label
More American than southern : Kentucky, slavery, and the war for an American ideology, 1828-1861, Gary R. Matthews
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-335) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Class structure -- The paradigm -- Subregional variances -- The Whig era -- The politics of economic development -- Crisis and compromise -- Party realignment -- Cold war -- The labyrinth of sectional politics -- The secession crisis, part I -- The secession crisis, part II -- A hollow concept -- Kentucky unionism -- The end of an era
Control code
894555090
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 345 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781621901181
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)894555090

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