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Where the River Bends: A History of Northern Kentucky

From prehistory to I-75
Grade Levels:
60 minutes
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Where the River Bends: A History of Northern Kentucky, KET’s three-hour documentary history of Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties, traces the rich history of the northernmost tip of Kentucky, exploring such broad themes as the region’s evolving ethnic mix, its complex relationships with the rest of Kentucky and with Cincinnati across the river, and how both natural forces and human engineering have continually reshaped its economy and culture.

Students will hear the stories of the people who helped define the Northern Kentucky we know today—the explorers and entrepreneurs, slaves and abolitionists, Natives and immigrants, and gangsters and reformers.

The timeline for Where the River Bends begins some 10,000 years ago, when Paleo-Indian settlements developed along the receding southern edge of the glacier that then covered much of North America. The programs then follow Northern Kentucky’s fortunes through the early settlement period and the Indian wars, waves of immigration and backlash against immigrants, the slavery era and the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, two world wars, flood and Depression, Newport’s “Sin City” era, and the riverfront revitalization projects of the late 20th century.

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2012/13 Program Schedule

Unravels the intricate web of historical events in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties. From 100,000 years ago to the present, learn about the events and meet the people that shaped Northern Kentucky. The journey begins with the prehistoric settlements around the Licking River through the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Depression, and up to the present day. Nick Clooney narrates.
Prehistoric Native American settlements around the Licking River, the arrival of European explorers and settlers, 19th-century excitement over the megafossils at Big Bone Lick, the antebellum era and Northern Kentucky's importance to the Underground Railroad, and the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln.
The Civil War and Reconstruction, industrialization and new transportation options, Germans and other immigrants, Newport's growing reputation as a gambling center, the first World War, and the onset of the Great Depression.
The disastrous Ohio River flood of 1937, World War II, reform efforts to drive organized crime out of Newport, how interstate highways and the new Greater Cincinnati airport reshaped the region, the tragic 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire, and late-20th-century riverfront redevelopment efforts.

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