Kentucky's road to statehood /
Lowell H. Harrison.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1992.
x, 204 p. : ill.
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Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1992.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-12:
Harrison here offers his contribution to Kentucky's statehood bicentennial observance. This is the history of the making of a constitution. Harrison carefully describes the varied groups involved and discusses their discontent with Virginia's government. Major issues were land titles, navigation of the Mississippi, the Spanish "Conspiracy," the role of General James Wilkinson, and the chronic Indian menace. Harrison then closely examines conventions, which stretched from December 1784 to April 1792 and included negotiations over an enabling act with Virginia, admission into the national government, and seemingly endless debates among local factions. Finally, the author presents a detailed analysis of the finished document together with its sources, notably the Constitution of the United States and those of Virginia and Pennsylvania. The last chapter deals with the implementation of the new government. Appendixes include a chronology of major events and the text of the final constitution. Full and informative notes; adequate index. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. C. R. Allen Jr.; emeritus, Widener University
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"An excellent analysis, this book explains the long process that led to statehood for Kentucky."
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From its origins in the Cumberland Mountains to its entry into the Ohio, the Kentucky River flows through two areas that have made Kentucky known throughout the world-the dark, remote mountains in the eastern part of the state and the lush rolling Bluegrass in its center. In this book Thomas Clark has painted a rich panorama of history and life along the river, peopled with the famous and infamous, ordinary folk and legendary characters. It is a canvas distinctly emblematic of the American experience.

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