Abraham Lincoln and Kentucky, a special issue of the Register, Volume 106, Numbers 3-4 (Summer/Autumn 2008). Learn more about obtaining your copy.
Kentucky and the Contested Legacy of Jefferson Davis, a special issue of the Register, Volume 107, Number 2 (Spring 2009). Learn more about obtaining your copy.
The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society,
Volume 109, Number one (Winter 2011)
Bert Combs and the Council for Better Education: Catalysts for School Reform by Richard E. Day
Given the reality of our ongoing concern about the state of public education in Kentucky, articles on this topic enjoy a kind of perennial relevance. Richard Day presents an instructive essay on the foundations of modern education reform. Committed reformers, including former governor Bert T. Combs, were able to end the scandal of unequal funding and make possible the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act in 1990.
“And Shall thy Flowers Cease to Bloom?” The Shakers’ Struggle to Preserve Pleasant Hill, 1862 -1910 by David Marsich
The Shakers enjoyed a vital presence in Kentucky in the period of religious ferment following the Second Great Awakening. Over time, particularly after the Civil War, their numbers dwindled. David Marsich’s compelling account of their later history, however, stresses their steady commitment to their mission and their creative adaptations to changing circumstances rather than the standard narratives of decline and defeat.
Mystic Chords of Memory: Thoughts on the Impending Civil War Sesquicentennial by Glenn W. LaFantasie
The Civil War sesquicentennial is now upon us, and Glenn W. LaFantasie has provided a vivid introduction to it by discussing the profound impact of the conflict on Kentucky and the nation. He also points out the deep contrast between the terrible effect of the war on those who fought it and the degree to which it has been romanticized, both then and now.