The Fall of Kentucky's Rock: Western Kentucky Democratic Politics since the New Deal [Hardback]

George G. Humphreys (Author)

ISBN: 9780813182339 | Published by: University Press of Kentucky | Series: Topics in Kentucky History | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 390p, H229 x W152 (mm) 30 b&w photos, 3 maps, 1 table

The Fall of Kentucky's Rock


This in-depth study offers a new examination of a region that is often overlooked in political histories of the Bluegrass State. George G. Humphreys traces the arc of politics in western Kentucky from avid support of the Democratic Party to its present-day Republican identity. He demonstrates that, despite its relative geographic isolation, the counties west of the eastern boundary of Breckinridge County down to the Tennessee state line played significant roles in state and national politics during the New Deal and postwar eras.

Drawing on extensive archival research and oral history interviews, Humphreys explores the area's political transformation from a solid Democratic voting block to a conservative stronghold by examining how developments such as advances in agriculture, the diversification of the economy, and the Civil Rights Movement affected the region. Addressing notable deficiencies in the existing literature, this impressively researched study will leave readers with a deeper understanding of post-1945 Kentucky politics.

Table of Contents

Western Kentucky
The New Deal and Western Kentucky
From the Ohio River Great Flood to the Atomic Age
Happy Days and the Last Hurrah of State Democratic Party Factionalism
Democratic Resurgence to the Collapse of the Gibraltar of Kentucky Democracy

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