Kentucky in the Twentieth Century

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:
Kentucky in the Twentieth Century

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Aside from the significant changes made in Kentucky's system of education, literature, and the economy, there were several other important changes that happened in the twentieth century. Kentucky was recognized as a state with an early railroad system as railroad tracks connected Louisville to Nashville to facilitate mail delivery, coal delivery, and farm product transfer, and as a bonus a faster means of transportation. As the state entered the twentieth century, horses were replaced with cars and better roads were constructed. The interstate highway system which began in the 1950s allowed faster travel across the country. The twentieth century also marked the beginning of the communication revolution as the larger cities started using telephones, mail was delivered to people who lived in farms, and there were many other such developments. However, the twentieth century also gave way to the Great Depression and to the rise of the New Deal and other aspects such as migration and equal rights for women and for all races. Also, this age saw the rise of politics, and Kentucky's best year was viewed to be 1949.

Keywords: Great Depression; New Deal; communication; transportation; twentieth century; 1949; politics; migration; equal rights

Chapter.  6728 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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