• Biography & Autobiography

Robert Worth Bingham and the Southern Mystique

From the Old South to the New South and Beyond
Author: William Elliott Ellis
Publisher: Kent State University Press
ISBN: 9780873385787
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 258
View: 6473
The story of Mr. Bingham, newspaper publisher, political leader, and ambassador, who was once charged with contributing to the death of his second wife "whose bequeath of five million dollars helped purchase the Louisville Courier-Journal."--Jacket.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Irvin S. Cobb

The Rise and Fall of an American Humorist
Author: William E. Ellis
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813174007
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 292
View: 4889
"Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn." -- Irvin S. Cobb Born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, humorist Irvin S. Cobb (1876--1944) rose from humble beginnings to become one of the early twentieth century's most celebrated writers. As a staff reporter for the New York World and Saturday Evening Post, he became one of the highest-paid journalists in the United States. He also wrote short stories for noted magazines, published books, and penned scripts for the stage and screen. In Irvin S. Cobb: The Rise and Fall of a Southern Humorist, historian William E. Ellis examines the life of this significant writer. Though a consummate wordsmith and a talented observer of the comical in everyday life, Cobb was a product of the Reconstruction era and the Jim Crow South. As a party to the endemic racism of his time, he often bemoaned the North's harsh treatment of the South and stereotyped African Americans in his writings. Marred by racist undertones, Cobb's work has largely slipped into obscurity. Nevertheless, Ellis argues that Cobb's life and works are worthy of more detailed study, citing his wide-ranging contributions to media culture and his coverage of some of the biggest stories of his day, including on-the-ground reporting during World War I. A valuable resource for students of journalism, American humor, and popular culture, this illuminating biography explores Cobb's life and his influence on early twentieth-century letters.

    • History

A New History of Kentucky


Author: Lowell H. Harrison,James C. Klotter
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 081313708X
Category: History
Page: 552
View: 2220
The first comprehensive history of the state since the publication of Thomas D. Clark's landmark History of Kentucky over sixty years ago. A New History of Kentucky brings the Commonwealth to life, from Pikeville to the Purchase, from Covington to Corbin, this account reveals Kentucky's many faces and deep traditions. Lowell Harrison, professor emeritus of history at Western Kentucky University, is the author of many books, including George Rogers Clark and the War in the West, The Civil War in Kentucky, Kentucky's Road to Statehood, Lincoln of Kentucky, and Kentucky's Governors.

    • History

A History of Education in Kentucky


Author: William Ellis
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813129842
Category: History
Page: 546
View: 7818
Kentucky is nationally renowned for horses, bourbon, rich natural resources, and unfortunately, hindered by a deficient educational system. Though its reputation is not always justified, in national rankings for grades K-12 and higher education, Kentucky consistently ranks among the lowest states in education funding, literacy, and student achievement. In A History of Education in Kentucky, William E. Ellis illuminates the successes and failures of public and private education in the commonwealth since its settlement. Ellis demonstrates how political leaders in the nineteenth century created a culture that devalued public education and refused to adequately fund it. He also analyzes efforts by teachers and policy makers to enact vital reforms and establish adequate, equal education, and discusses ongoing battles related to religious instruction, integration, and the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA). A History of Education in Kentucky is the only up-to-date, single-volume history of education in the commonwealth. Offering more than mere policy analysis, this comprehensive work tells the story of passionate students, teachers, and leaders who have worked for progress from the 1770s to the present day. Despite the prevailing pessimism about education in Kentucky, Ellis acknowledges signs of a vibrant educational atmosphere in the state. By advocating a better understanding of the past, Ellis looks to the future and challenges Kentuckians to avoid historic failures and build on their successes.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Solicitor General Bullitt


Author: Mark Davis
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1618500147
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: N.A
View: 9380
From his Louisville Law Office, in the years between World Wars I and II, William Marshall Bullitt (1873-1957) rose to be one of the nation’s most recognized attorneys. He and two of his New York friends dominated the argument docket of the United States Supreme Court, leaving a record number of appearances which survives today. Felix Frankfurter, Wild Bill Donovan, Booth Tarkington, John Foster Dulles and many other prominent people of the Twentieth Century know and respected the Kentuckian. Five American presidents corresponded with him and one, William Howard Taft, was so impressed that he told his attorney general, “I love him.” In appreciation for Bullitt’s services in the Republican convention of 1908, Taft rewarded him with a n appointment allowing Bullitt to argue all of the federal government’s cases before the Supreme Court. The book’s title refers to his 1912 service as solicitor general of the United States. This was only one of sixty-two years of his law practice, but the legal arguments Bullitt made that year, and the people he met during that short term, allowed him to become one of America’s most noted lawyers. Bullitt’s inherited talent as a scientist, including a remarkable acumen for mathematics, drew the country’s largest insurance companies to his office. They asked him to explain to courts their complex tax and accounting issues, many of which were developed by their actuaries. Bullitt applied part of the fortune he made on this specialty to acquiring a collection of the world’s rarest books on mathematics and astronomy, which he kept in a 10,000 volume library at his home at Oxmoor Farm in Jefferson County, Kentucky. As an older lawyer, he threw himself into the controversy surrounding accused communist spy Alger Hiss, a onetime friend. After studying the Hiss testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, he prepared a printed analysis which was used by federal attorneys prosecuting Hiss. Bullitt himself participated in the trials. In this thoroughly researched narrative, Mark Davis brings to life the talents of a gifted man, who during a long life knew most of the important Americans of the first half of the century. The author found Bullitt spinning a web, into which he collected the names of presidents, ambassadors, Supreme Court justices, scientists, and others who might someday advance his interests and those of his clients.

    • History

The Encyclopedia of Louisville


Author: John E. Kleber
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813121000
Category: History
Page: 988
View: 5037
This ultimate reference to Kentucky's first chartered city is "an absolute must for anyone interested in Kentucky, regional, or urban history" (James C. Klotter). Readers learn about the inspiration for the city's name (King Louie XVI of France), its former famous residents (John James Audubon and Muhammad Ali), facts about the Kentucky Derby, and much more. 306 photos. 79 maps.

    • Education

A History of Eastern Kentucky University

The School of Opportunity
Author: William E. Ellis
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813159601
Category: Education
Page: 320
View: 6544
Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, Kentucky, was originally established as a normal school in 1906 in the wake of a landmark education law passed by the Kentucky General Assembly. One hundred years later, the school has evolved into a celebrated multipurpose regional university that is national in scope. The school was built on a campus that had housed Central University, a southern Presbyterian institution. In its early years, EKU grew slowly, buffeted by cyclical economic problems and the interruptions of two world wars. During that time, however, strong leadership from early presidents Ruric Nevel Roark, John Grant Crabbe, and Herman L. Donovan laid the groundwork for later expansions. President Robert. R. Martin oversaw the rapid growth of the institution in the 1960s. He managed an increase in enrollment and he had additional facilities built to house and educate the growing student population. A savvy administrator, he was at the forefront of vocational education and initiated programs in nursing and allied heath and in law enforcement education. His successor, J.C. Powell, built on Martin's work and saw EKU mature as a regional university. He reorganized its colleges to better balance the needs of general and technical education students and kept educational programs going despite decreases in state funding. In addition, Powell's years were a magical time for EKU's sports programs, as the Colonels captured national football championships in 1979 and 1982 and finished second in 1980 and 1981. Today, EKU continues to offer students a quality education and strives to meet the diverse needs of its student body. Three Eastern campuses, as well as distance learning programs through the Kentucky Telelinking Network, offer more options to students than ever before as EKU prepares them for the challenges of a new century. In A History of Eastern Kentucky University, William E. Ellis recounts the university's colorful history, from political quandaries surrounding presidential administrations and financial difficulties during the Great Depression to its maturing as a leading regional university. Interviews with alumni, faculty, staff, and political figures provide a personal side to the history of the school. Reflecting on the social, economic, and cultural changes in the region during the last century, Ellis's examination of the growth and development of EKU is an essential resource for alumni and for those interested in the progression of public higher education in Kentucky and the region.

    • History

The Kentucky River


Author: William E. Ellis
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813158141
Category: History
Page: 248
View: 2791
A sweeping cultural history, The Kentucky River reflects the rich tapestry of life along the banks. Flowing with tales of river ghosts and hidden treasures lying in the backwaters, the book records the myths and events the river has spawned. Bill Ellis also celebrates the Kentucky's influence on such figures as writer Wendell Berry and painter Paul Sawyier. Beginning with an intriguing overview of the river's formation and characteristics, Ellis shows how the stream has helped shape Kentucky's environment, economy, and political culture. In centuries past, flotillas of flatboats carried whiskey, pork, and valuable raw materials downriver to markets in Louisiana. Later, the river became a source of entertainment as showboats brought theater, movies, music, and dancing to otherwise isolated communities. The book describes the environmental impact of settlement, logging, mining, and industrialization, developments that have sometimes tainted the Kentucky's mighty waters with silt, sewage, and trash. In the last thirty years, however, Kentuckians have come together in major efforts to clean and preserve the Kentucky's waters and the life along its banks. Advocates for the river achieved a victory in protecting the stunning Kentucky River Palisades between Boonesborough and Frankfort, and efforts continue to preserve the irreplaceable river for future generations.



    • Journalism

American Journalism


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Journalism
Page: N.A
View: 3404


    • Dissertations, Academic

America, History and Life


Author: Eric H. Boehm
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Dissertations, Academic
Page: N.A
View: 6512
Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.


    • American periodicals

American Periodicals

A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: American periodicals
Page: N.A
View: 6082

    • Journalists

God's Promise Redeemed

Marse Henry Watterson and the Compromises of American Empire
Author: Daniel Stuart Margolies
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Journalists
Page: 492
View: 3071

    • History

Bossism and Reform in a Southern City

Lexington, Kentucky, 1880-1940
Author: James Duane Bolin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 202
View: 8471
"As a political boss and a practitioner of what George Washington Plunkitt of Tammany Hall referred to as "honest graft," Klair applied lessons of organization, innovation, manipulation, power, and control from the machine age to bring together diverse groups of Lexingtonians and Kentuckians as supporters of a powerful political machine." "Bolin also examines the underside of the city, once known as the Athens of the West. He balances the postcard view of Bluegrass mansions and horse farms with the city's well-known vice district, housing problems, racial tensions, and corrupt politics. With the reality of life in Lexington as a backdrop, the career of Billy Klair provides a case study of the inner workings of a southern political machine."--BOOK JACKET.

    • Best books

Choice


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Best books
Page: N.A
View: 2663

    • Biography & Autobiography

Charles Doolittle Walcott, Paleontologist


Author: Ellis Leon Yochelson
Publisher: Kent State University Press
ISBN: 9780873385992
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 510
View: 3396
Reviews the life and accomplishments of the emminent paleontologist known for his discoveries of fossils in China

    • Political Science

Coup

The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal
Author: Keel Hunt
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
ISBN: 0826519342
Category: Political Science
Page: 296
View: 1136
Coup is the behind-the-scenes story of an abrupt political transition, unprecedented in U.S. history. Based on 163 interviews, Hunt describes how collaborators came together from opposite sides of the political aisle and, in an extraordinary few hours, reached agreement that the corruption and madness of the sitting Governor of Tennessee, Ray Blanton, must be stopped. The sudden transfer of power that caught Blanton unawares was deemed necessary because of what one FBI agent called "the state's most heinous political crime in half a century"--a scheme of selling pardons for cash. On January 17, 1979, driven by new information that some of the worst criminals in the state's penitentiaries were about to be released (and fears that James Earl Ray might be one of them), a small bipartisan group chose to take charge. Senior Democratic leaders, friends of the sitting governor, together with the Republican governor-elect Lamar Alexander (now U.S. Senator from Tennessee), agreed to oust Blanton from office before another night fell. It was a maneuver unique in American political history. From the foreword by John L. Seigenthaler: "The individual stories of those government officials involved in the coup--each account unique, but all of them intersecting--were scattered like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on the table of history until the author conceived this book. Perhaps because it happened so quickly, and without major disagreement, protest, or dissent, this truly historic moment has been buried in the public mind. In unearthing the drama in gripping detail, Keel Hunt assures that the 'dark day' will be remembered as a bright one in which conflicted politicians came together in the public interest."