Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852

Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813136073
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 08/09/2012
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 1,214,643
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Daniel Rowland is associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky and has published numerous articles on art, architecture, and political culture in early modern Russia as well as contributing to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History.

James C. Klotter is professor of history at Georgetown College and the State Historian of Kentucky. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including A Concise History of Kentucky and A New History of Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Overview and Comparisons

1 Central Kentucky's "Athens of the West" Image in the Nation and in History James C. Klotter 11

2 Putting Kentucky in Its Place Stephen Aron 36

3 Kentucky's "Athens of the West" Viewed in a "Distant Mirror" Shearer Davis Bowman 53

Part 2 Facets of Life

4 Slavery and Abolition in Kentucky: "'Patter-rollers' were everywhere" Gerald L. Smith 75

5 "Mrs. Boone, I presume?" In Search of the Idea of Womanhood in Kentucky's Early Years Randolph Hollingsworth 93

6 "A richer land never seen yet": Horse Country and the "Athens of the West" Maryjean Wall 131

7 Three Central Kentuckians, the "Bone" of Political Office, and the Kentucky Exodus, 1792-1852 Mark V. Wetherington 158

Part 3 Science, Arts, and Education

8 Jewels in the Crown: Civic Pride and Educational Institutions in the Bluegrass, 1792-1852 John R. Thelin 181

9 Horace Holley and the Straggle for Kentucky's Mind and Soul Tom Eblen Mollie Eblen 204

10 Living Hills: The Frontier Science of Rafinesque Matthew F. Clarke 222

11 Lexington Limners: Portrait Painters in the "Athens of the West" Estill Curtis Pennington 240

12 Public Music Making, Concert Life, and Composition in Kentucky during the Early National Period Nikos Pappas 264

13 Benjamin Henry Latrobe and Neoclassical Lexington Patrick Snadon 286

Afterword Jim Gray 344

List of Contributors 347

Index 351

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