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Home Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier

Honor Sachs

Abstract

On America's western frontier, myths of prosperity concealed the brutal conditions endured by women, slaves, orphans, and the poor. As poverty and unrest took root in eighteenth-century Kentucky, western lawmakers championed ideas about whiteness, manhood, and patriarchal authority to help stabilize a politically fractious frontier. This book combines rigorous scholarship with an engaging narrative to examine how conditions in Kentucky facilitated the expansion of rights for white men in ways that would become a model for citizenship in the country as a whole.

Keywords: prosperity, poverty, unrest, slaves, orphans, poor, Kentucky, whiteness, manhood, patriarchal authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300154139
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300154139.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Honor Sachs, author
Western Carolina University