The Idea of Horse Country Reclaimed

Maryjean Wall

in How Kentucky Became Southern

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126050
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135410 | DOI:
The Idea of Horse Country Reclaimed

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No one could forget that the American Civil War had been the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. Early twentieth-century Americans took up a practice that William Taylor had seen in the regional beliefs prevalent in the North and the South before the war. He concluded that these beliefs had the power to make myths and that the literature of the antebellum era reflected these myths. Kentucky's history as a former slaveholding state enabled a transition to take place within the national imagination. Plantation literature made it easy for Americans to associate all former slave states with the Confederate South. Americans embraced this popular plantation literature at the same time as they began to accept the growing popularity of the Lost Cause, the name given to an idealized form of Civil War memory. The agricultural resources took Bluegrass land and the region's horses onto the world stage in the twentieth century.

Keywords: North America; South America; Civil War; William Taylor; agricultural riches

Chapter.  14713 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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