In his newly-published book, Kentucke’s Frontiers (Indiana University Press, 2010), Professor of History Craig Thompson Friend explains how fear and terror transformed that region’s early promise of an egalitarian life for all into a patriarchal society that favored white men. “The frontier offered opportunity, not just for white men, but for blacks and white women,” he says. “But through the process of ‘civilization,’ opportunity is reinforced for some while it is taken away from others. Specifically, white women lost individual freedoms to patriarchy, Blacks lost individual freedoms to slavery, and the Indians lost everything.” Friend examines the political, military, religious, and public memory narratives of early Kentucky, from county courts and the state legislature to church tribunals and village stores as Kentuckians abandoned the egalitarianism of frontier life and elevated white males to privileged places in Kentucky history and memory.
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History BA Alum, Dr. Larry Savage ’92, is Principal of the Year
The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Larry Savage, who was a History BA Honors graduate in 1992, has been named the 2019 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for Chatham County.
Public History Alumna, Anna Killian, ’18, Works with Native Peoples and the NPS
At the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the 19th-century West, Anna Killian is part of ongoing efforts to include perspectives from indigenous people to form multi-vocal narratives.