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Steamboats, Entertainment, Journalism, and Culture

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134406
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.003.0007
Steamboats, Entertainment, Journalism, and Culture

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Kentucky newspapers printed clippings from eastern journals and overflowed with world news and information about events on the Atlantic coast. They linked Kentuckians with their former lives in the east and with Europe and the world. Steamboats were the most important factor in the economic expansion of the trans-Appalachian West; they delivered passengers, manufactured goods, farm products, and newspapers to distant locations. Kentucky had more miles of navigable river than most other states and its waterways were quickly turned into superhighways. Theatres and music also came to Kentucky, exposing citizens to new forms of entertainment.

Keywords: steamboats; theatre; newspaper; river; music

Chapter.  8003 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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