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Lincoln of Kentucky
by Lowell H. Harrison

Sunday, Nov. 29 at 6:30/5:30 am CT and 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2

In Lincoln of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University professor emeritus Lowell Harrison explores Abraham Lincoln's close ties to his native state. Although Lincoln was only 7 when his family left for Indiana, his most intimate associates remained Kentuckians. He courted two Kentucky women and married a third, all three of his law partners were Kentuckians, and his "beau ideal of a statesman" was Henry Clay.

In his preface, Harrison writes "This study is neither a biography of Abraham Lincoln nor a history of the Civil War in Kentucky." Instead, it traces Lincoln's relationship with his birth state, beginning with his early childhood and ending with the Civil War.

In the process, Harrison sheds light on many topics of interest to readers: the economic conditions that forced thousands of farmers to leave Kentucky, the state's neutrality during the first months of the Civil War, the eventual decision to remain within the Union, and the animosity that many Kentuckians felt for their most famous native son.

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