Ohio History Journal

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A History of Kentucky. By Thomas D. Clark. Prentice-Hall

History Series. Ed. by Carl Wittke. (New York, Prentice-

Hall, Inc., 1937. 702p. $5.00.)

To present in one volume a general history of Kentucky was

the purpose of this book. In a concise narrative of the political,

economic, and social development of the state Kentucky has been

viewed as an important factor in the larger life of the Nation, and

especially as a factor in the settlement of the South and West.

Each chapter has been well fortified with a bibliography of use

not only to the general reader but also to the researcher.

Before the story begins the reader is acquainted with the

physiography of Kentucky and with certain geographical influences

on the state's history. The story moves rapidly but interestingly

through the English and French rivalries, the early settlement of

Kentucky, the Revolutionary War, the Indian wars, and the move-

ment for statehood. Succeeding chapters tell of the Burr con-

spiracy, the Kentucky expansionists in the War of 1812, the state's

agricultural, industrial, and commercial development, and the po-

litical struggles within the commonwealth, particularly between

the rich landowners and the poorer classes, such as the bank,

courts, and slavery controversies.

Chapters on social and cultural history tell of the evolution

of educational facilities from Mrs. Coome's school at Fort Harrod

in 1775 to the comparatively recent expansion of the University

of Kentucky, the productions and influence of newspaper, periodi-

cal, and book presses, and the awakening of an interest in art,

architecture, literature, and music. While the rise of religious

sects is not overlooked, their importance in the state's history is

perhaps not sufficiently discussed.

The final pages deal with the economic revolution which ac-