Kentucke's Frontiers

Kentucke's Frontiers

Friend, Craig Thompson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Format: Hardback 13 b&w illus., 7 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-35519-5
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Winner, 2011 Kentucky Governor's Award

American culture has long celebrated the heroism framed by Kentucky’s frontier wars. Spanning the period from the 1720s when Ohio River valley Indians returned to their homeland to the American defeat of the British and their Indian allies in the War of 1812, Kentucke’s Frontiers examines the political, military, religious, and public memory narratives of early Kentucky. Craig Thompson Friend explains how frontier terror framed that heroism, undermining the egalitarian promise of Kentucke and transforming a trans-Appalachian region into an Old South state. From county courts and the state legislature to church tribunals and village stores, patriarchy triumphed over racial and gendered equality, creating political and economic opportunity for white men by denying it for all others. Even in remembering their frontier past, Kentuckians abandoned the egalitarianism of frontier life and elevated white males to privileged places in Kentucky history and memory.

Author Bio

Craig Thompson Friend is Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He is author of Along the Maysville Road: The Early American Republic in the Trans-Appalachian West and editor of The Buzzel About Kentuck: Settling the Promised Land.


Deftly weaving together numerous interpretive strands, Craig Friend’s first-rate study explains how the passage from 'Kentucke' to 'Kentucky' turned the first trans-Appalachian frontier from the leading edge of America’s New West to the border of its Old South. This book is both an essential and an elegant read.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Walter Nugent and Malcolm J. Rohrbough
1. The Indians' Frontiers
2. Colonial Kentucke
3. Revolutions
4. Peopling Kentucke
5. Seeking Security and Stability
6. From Kentucke to Kentucky
7. An Old South Frontier
8. Remembering
Citations and Essays on Sources

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