Postwar Lexington—so Long, Gilded Age

Kolan Thomas Morelock

in Taking the Town

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125046
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135113 | DOI:
Postwar Lexington—so Long, Gilded Age

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As the collegiate literary societies in Lexington, as well as those in other places, were not able to maintain student loyalty and relevance, they became less and less important compared to a number of other campus organizations. There were some, however, who reacted remorsefully to this incidence, as the Crimson Rumbler pointed out the lack of patronage of campus literary societies. Although four of the traditional literary societies were still operating during the school year 1919–1920, this was marked with a significant decline in participation in extracurriculum activities. Lexington after the war experienced a number of different changes as it veered away from the Gilded Age. Although the Gilded Age may have been characterized by gentility and refinement as well as racism and violence, it is important to note that this period marks significant advances in terms of Lexington's intellectual life.

Keywords: literary societies; campus organizations; Gilded Age; intellectual life; extracurriculum; Lexington

Chapter.  4271 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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