Since the earliest European settlers arrived in the area over two centuries ago, Kentuckians have felt a deep attachment to the land. From subsistence farmers in eastern Kentucky to wealthy horse owners in the central Bluegrass, land was, and continues to be, the state’s greatest source of economic growth. It is also a point of nostalgia for a people devoted to tradition, a characteristic that has enriched Kentucky’s culture but has proven detrimental to education and development. As timely now as when it was first published, Thomas D. Clark’s classic history of agrarianism prepares readers for a new century that promises to bring rapid changes to the land and the people of Kentucky.
By Thomas D. Clark