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The Kentucky Anthology
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Long before the official establishment of the Commonwealth, intrepid pioneers ventured west of the Allegheny Mountains into an expansive, alluring wilderness that they began to call Kentucky. After blazing trails, clearing plots, and surviving innumerable challenges, a few adventurers found time to pen celebratory tributes to their new homeland. In the two centuries that followed, many of the world’s finest writers, both native Kentuckians and visitors, have paid homage to the Bluegrass State with the written word. In The Kentucky Anthology, acclaimed author and literary historian Wade Hall has assembled an unprecedented and comprehensive compilation of writings pertaining to Kentucky and its land, people, and culture. Hall’s introductions to each author frame both popular and lesser-known selections in a historical context. He examines the major cultural and political developments in the history of the Commonwealth, finding both parallels and marked distinctions between Kentucky and the rest of the United States. While honoring the heritage of Kentucky in all its glory, Hall does not blithely turn away from the state’s most troubling episodes and institutions such as racism, slavery, and war. Hall also builds the argument, bolstered by the strength and significance of the collected writings, that Kentucky’s best writers compare favorably with the finest in the world. Many of the authors presented here remain universally renowned and beloved, while others have faded into the tides of time, waiting for rediscovery. Together, they guide the reader on a literary tour of Kentucky, from the mines to the rivers and from the deepest hollows to the highest peaks. The Kentucky Anthology traces the interests and aspirations, the achievements and failures and the comedies and tragedies that have filled the lives of generations of Kentuckians. These diaries, letters, speeches, essays, poems, and stories bring history brilliantly to life. Jesse Stuart once wrote, “If these United States can be called a body, Kentucky can be called its heart.” The Kentucky Anthology captures the rhythm and spirit of that heart in the words of its most remarkable chroniclers.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. ii
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. When Kentucky Was Wilderness : The Early Years
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  1. John Filson
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  1. Colonel James Smith
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  1. George Rogers Clark
  2. pp. 24-28
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  1. Thomas Perkins
  2. pp. 29-33
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  1. Gilbert Imlay
  2. pp. 34-37
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  1. Christian Schultz
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  1. John James Audubon
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  1. Robert Emmett McDowell
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Jude Deveraux
  2. pp. 56-59
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  1. Carolyn Lott Monohan
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  1. Charles Dickens
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  1. The Scourges of Slavery and Civil War
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  1. Alexis de Tocqueville
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  1. William Wells Brown
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  1. Josiah Henson
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  1. Harry Smith
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  1. Milton Clarke
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  1. Jefferson Davis
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  1. Abraham Lincoln
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  1. Harriet Beecher Stowe
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  1. Clara Rising
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  1. Alfred Leland Crabb
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  1. Charles Bracelen Flood
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  1. Allen Tate
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  1. Politicians, Teachers, Preachers, and Occasional Poets
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  1. Julia A. Tevis
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  1. Henry Clay
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  1. J. Proctor Knott
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  1. Henry Watterson
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  1. Amelia B. Welby
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  1. William Shakespeare Hays
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  1. Thomas Johnson Jr.
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  1. William F. Marvin
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  1. William O. Butler
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  1. Henry T. Stanton
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  1. Theodore O'Hara
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  1. Turning the Century:
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  1. James Lane Allen
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  1. John Fox Jr.
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  1. Annie Fellows Johnston
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  1. Alice Hegan Rice
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  1. Virginia Cary Hudson
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  1. John Uri Lloyd
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  1. Eliza Calvert Hall
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  1. Irvin S. Cobb
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  1. Lucy Furman
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  1. James H. Mulligan
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  1. Robert Burns Wilson
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  1. Joseph S. Cotter Sr.
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  1. Madison Cawein
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  1. Cale Young Rice
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  1. From Arnow to Warren
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  1. Elizabeth Madox Roberts
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  1. Caroline Gordon
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  1. Ben Lucien Burman
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  1. Harriette Simpson Arnow
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  1. Robert Penn Warren
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  1. James Still
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  1. Jesse Stuart
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  1. Janice Holt Giles
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  1. Gwen Davenport
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  1. Thomas Merton
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  1. Elizabeth Hardwick
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  1. Hollis Summers
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  1. Cordia Greer Petrie
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  1. John Jacob Niles
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  1. Edwin Carlile Litsey
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  1. Sarah Litsey
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  1. Cotton Noe
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  1. Olive Tilford Dargan
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  1. The Contemporary Kentucky Writer
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  1. Billy C. Clark
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  1. Walter Tevis
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  1. Ed McClanahan
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  1. Pat Carr
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  1. Jane Stuart
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  1. Leon Driskell
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  1. Martha Bennett Stiles
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  1. Wendell Berry
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  1. Gurney Norman
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  1. Sallie Bingham
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  1. Sue Grafton
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  1. Hal Charles
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  1. Bobbie Ann Mason
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  1. Joe Ashby Porter
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  1. Sena Jeter Naslund
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  1. Lucinda Dixon Sullivan
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  1. Michael Dorris
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  1. Linda Bruckheimer
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  1. Ralph Cotton
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  1. Gayl Jones
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  1. George Ella Lyon
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  1. John Hay
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  1. Silas House
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  1. Dwight Allen
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  1. Crystal Wilkinson
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  1. Barbara Kingsolver
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  1. Chris Holbrook
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  1. Gayle Compton
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  1. Chris Offutt
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  1. The Dramatic Tradition in Kentucky
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  1. John Patrick
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  1. Marsha Norman
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  1. Jane Martin
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  1. George C. Wolfe
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  1. Mary Anderson
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  1. Contemporary Nonfiction
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  1. Thomas D. Clark
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  1. John Fetterman
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  1. Kathy Kahn
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  1. Patricia Neal
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  1. Verna Mae Slone
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  1. Linda Scott DeRosier
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  1. Harry M. Caudill
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  1. David Dick
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  1. Muhammad Ali, with Richard Durham
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  1. Virginia Honchell Jewell
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  1. Jo Anna Holt Watson
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  1. Harlan Hubbard
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  1. Hunter S. Thompson
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  1. Guy Davenport
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  1. Joseph Phelps
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  1. Paul Quenon
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  1. Abraham Flexner
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  1. Alanna Nash
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  1. Wade Hall
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  1. Anne McCarty Braden
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  1. Gerogia Davis Powers
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  1. Cass Irvin
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  1. Fenton Johnson
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  1. Jerry Brewer
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  1. A Shower of Poets
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  1. Albert Stewart
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  1. John Filiatreau
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  1. Boynton Merrill Jr.
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  1. Hortense Flexner
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  1. James Baker Hall
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  1. Richard Taylor
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  1. Maurice Manning
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  1. Abigail Gramig
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  1. Frederick Smock
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  1. Appendix: Biographies
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Copyrights and Permissions
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  1. Index
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