Food for Thought: Whither Kentucky Civil War and Reconstruction Scholarship?

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Kentucky’s broad and symbolic importance in the Civil War has received surprisingly little attention from professional historians, whether traditional academics or those who engage directly with the public. Fortunately, this gap is being filled by a wealth of recent studies that explore Kentucky’s Civil War experiences in relation to politics, economics, law, gender and the military. Dr. John David Smith, professor of American history at UNC Charlotte, discusses where Kentucky Civil War era scholarship stands today and where future investigation may lead.

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