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More American than Southern.

More American than Southern

Gary R. Matthews

The University of Tennessee Press

110 Conference Center UT Knoxville, TN 37996

9781621900573 $60.00 www.utpress.org

More American than Southern: Kentucky, Slavery, and the War for an American Ideology, 1828-1861 is a scholarly study of Kentucky's position and role during the buildup to the American Civil War. It is notable that Kentucky resisted becoming involved in the Civil War for five months after Fort Sumter was fired upon, reluctantly joining the Union only when Confederate troops forcibly seized the town of Columbus. More American than Southern explores the social forces that drove Kentucky's loyalties--though Kentucky was a slave state that had strong historical and cultural ties with the South, a growing urban middle class in the 1830's swayed its demographics, forming a population base that saw no need for slavery or a "master class" of plantation owners. Extensive notes and a bibliography round out this meticulous, heavily researched, and fascinating analysis of political and social forces. More American than Southern is especially recommended for college library American History shelves.

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Title Annotation:The American History Shelf; Kentucky, Slavery, and the War for an American Ideology, 1828-1861
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2014
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