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Creating a Confederate KentuckyThe Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State$
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Anne E. Marshall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834367

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899366_marshall

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A Place Full of Colored People, Pretty Girls, and Polite Men: Literature, Confederate Identity, and Kentucky's Reputation, 1890–1915

A Place Full of Colored People, Pretty Girls, and Polite Men: Literature, Confederate Identity, and Kentucky's Reputation, 1890–1915

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(p.133) 6A Place Full of Colored People, Pretty Girls, and Polite Men: Literature, Confederate Identity, and Kentucky's Reputation, 1890–1915
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Creating a Confederate Kentucky
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Anne E. Marshall

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899366_marshall.10

This chapter focuses on Annie Fellows Johnston's children's book, The Little Colonel. Written in 1895, the book gained a wide following, and by 1912, Johnston had added eleven more books to the series. More than just a “phenomenon in popular literary culture,” Johnston's books became part of a wave of popular romantic literature that streamed out of the state around the turn of the century. These Kentucky authors joined the larger, regionwide trend led by authors such as Thomas Nelson Page and Joel Chandler Harris in romanticizing the antebellum South. As David Blight has noted, “The age of machines, rapid industrialization, and labor unrest produced a huge audience for a literature of escape” into the South of plantations and slavery.

Keywords:   Annie Fellows Johnston, children's book, Little Colonel, popular literary culture, romantic literature, Kentucky authors

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