Re: Crothers on Ramage and Watkins, 'Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War'

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.

Getting the Vote in the Mountains

KY Woman Suffrage

            Hi folks! Another week down, and you know what that means, another blog post. For the past couple of weeks, the focus has been primarily on newspapers, and the minutes of the annual Kentucky Equal Rights Association, but for this week I wanted to change it up a little bit. Earlier in the project, I began listening to some oral history interviews with women from Eastern Kentucky regarding their recollections of the suffrage movement and their early days of voting.

Humanizing the Suffrage Movement

KY Woman Suffrage

            Another week has come and gone here at the KY Woman Suffrage Project, and with that comes a new blog post. For me, this week has really been about beginning to understand the personal nature of the suffrage movement. As much as we might like to think history happens in the hallowed halls of government or the bloody battlefields of war, all too often smaller things shape it. The relationships, interactions, and emotions of human beings all come together to influence the course of events, and often are just as important as the laws and dates we are taught to remember.

Welcome to KY Woman Suffrage

KY Woman Suffrage

Hi everyone! This is the inaugural post of the KY Woman Suffrage Blog so I just wanted to take some time to introduce the blog and myself. My name is Kristen Thornsberry, and I am a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky. While a student at UK, I majored in History and got my minor in Appalachian Studies. I have recently begun working with as a Fellow for the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project and am excited to see what the future holds for this work.


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