Interesting Title, this volume on early Kentucky history. Reading its short synopsis here opens some thoughts which have been running about in mind, for a number of years, due to my own genealogy researches on my Kentucky forebearers. It serves in oft handed fashion, to indicate some of those thoughts might not be so far from true about Kentucky and its early history, especially perhaps Eastern Kentucky. Of course, all Americans know about the mid 19th Century contributions other areas of Kentucky made to shaping America and Liberty as the course to this nation.
There is a great deal to be said and would hope this volume proves valued in reaching deep into that discussion and its subjects.
Those photos placed as resource relate directly to this early 1810-1850 period and its decades, visually showing Kentuckians who experienced, in part that early history and in their lives, beyond Kentucky borders.
The volume's noted features about lack of education and short focus upon Kentucky women are duly made, as research has turned up evidence supporting those observations. Review on Kentucky education and 'falling leaves' reach these points. Placing Kentucky in that broader national context it might be well to consider these evidences, as well as conclusions leading Kentuckians to migrate elsewhere, particularly post-Civil War. Small farmers likely had much in common too, as mentioned briefly in this short review. Certainly from Eastern Kentucky western movement involved families living in the same area also moving to a same area in Kansas, suggesting bonds of common interest that did turn into family, in at least my own case. Kentucky, torn apart by that conflict was indeed important to the Federal cause of the era, from glimmers of life that can be distilled thru looking over family histories.
Another review about Daniel Boone's impact, focused upon narrowly as object of historiography, may [or may not] have ignored others of his own family for example.
Online source material is found thru the extensive Muchmore Family webpages, detailing many such meaningful historical and personal developments. One for example is Hannah Boone-Muchmore,[there is a grave marker also for her] whose marriage into the Gibbs family[mentioned by photo] led her to settle in Eastern Kentucky as a member of that early North Carolina-Kentucky pioneer Gibbs family. These details of this union are a part in early Kentucky history though not fully known to this research........yet.
It needs be remembered that women were considered the legal property of their husbands during that history and only later did the idea of Sufferage come to pass. So, with the meaning of history yet to unfold for these generations, a volume like this work does provide both evidence and clues to what their personal histories may well have been. Indeed, Kentucky seems well served by this writtenattempt to describe the first half of Kentucky's 19th Century.