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Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State

Anne E. Marshall


Historian E. Merton Coulter famously said that Kentucky “waited until after the war was over to secede from the Union.” This study traces the development of a Confederate identity in Kentucky between 1865 and 1925 that belied the fact that Kentucky never left the Union and that more Kentuckians fought for the North than for the South. Following the Civil War, the people of Kentucky appeared to forget their Union loyalties, embracing the Democratic politics, racial violence, and Jim Crow laws associated with formerly Confederate states. Although, on the surface, white Confederate memory appeare ... More

Keywords: Kentucky, Confederate identity, Union, Kentuckians, Civil War, Democratic politics, racial violence, white Unionists, African Americans, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834367
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899366_marshall


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne E. Marshall, author