From Statehood to the Civil War

James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter

in A Concise History of Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124988
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135298 | DOI:
From Statehood to the Civil War

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The commonwealth saw rapid growth during the period between 1792 when Kentucky became a state and the beginning of the Civil War in 1861. Several visitors perceived Kentucky to be a good place to live thanks to Lexington's college, Louisville's strong business growth, rich farms, and various new inventions. While many of these visitors had seen Kentucky on the surface only and returned positive feedback, one of the false perceptions involves how “every man stands on his own individual merits.” There was one aspect of Kentucky that was not exposed to the majority, and this included the lives of those who were enslaved, particularly African Americans. This chapter analyzes how the slaves were treated differently from one place to another, how slavery proliferated in several parts of America during this period, and how these slaves sought freedom through different measures and the contributions of various political leaders.

Keywords: commonwealth; Civil War; slavery; African Americans; freedom; political leaders

Chapter.  6299 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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