Life, Work and Localism: Pre-statehood Kentucky in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1783-1792

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Join KHS Research Fellow Kevin Barksdale (professor of history at Marshall University) in this informal discussion of the post-revolutionary decade in the trans-Appalachian West. Barksdale will focus on Kentucky’s communities during this dynamic period in an attempt to reconstruct life on the frontier -- and the rapid development of the region’s political economy. His research into pre-statehood Kentucky reveals the centrality of the region and its political and economic leadership in the development of the trans-Appalachian West, the national and regional political debates surrounding the US Constitution and American foreign policy, and the ongoing struggle of the region’s native peoples to defend their homeland.

Talk will be held in the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.