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Home of Cassius Marcellus Clay

The Electronic Field Trip to White Hall airs periodically on KET’s instructional service, KET3 digital broadcast and satellite Star Channel 703. For broadcast dates and more educational information, see our online instructional video catalog.

The field trip is also available on videotape from KET; call (800) 945-9167 or e-mail for more information.

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Kentucky Core Content Correlations: Social Studies

  • SS-M-5.2.3: Alaska Purchase, Early Women’s Rights Movement
  • SS-E-M-H-5.1.2: History can be understood by using a variety of primary and secondary sources and tools.

Kentucky Academic Expectations Correlations

  • 2.14: Democratic Principles
  • 2.15: Citizen Rights and Responsibilities
  • 2.16: Social Systems
  • 2.17: Cultural Diversity
  • 2.20: Historical Perspective

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Related Web Resources

White Hall Links

The White Hall Historic Site web page maintained by the Kentucky Department of Parks includes tour dates and times, admission fees, a calendar of special events, travel instructions, and contact information.

The Political Graveyard is an interesting place to check on historical figures.

Learn more about Cassius Clay’s cousin, statesman Henry, at the web site for Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, a museum run by the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation.

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  • If you’re looking for book resources, a good place to start is with a keyword search at the Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual Library, which allows you to search many libraries and databases at once. You’ll need an ID and a password, but it’s easy to get one from your school library media specialist or from your local librarian. Once you’re in, just do a search for “Cassius Marcellus Clay,” “Laura Clay,” or “White Hall,” and you’ll see many related listings.

  • Keven McQueen, an assistant professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University and former White Hall Historic Site tour guide, has written a book on the Clays and White Hall. Cassius M. Clay: Freedom’s Champion, published in fall 2000 by Turner Publishing of Paducah, includes many interesting facts about the Clays and White Hall—and some entertaining ghost tales as well. ISBN: 1-56311-667-7

    McQueen also has written Offbeat Kentuckians, Legends to Lunatics (ISBN 0-913383-80-5) and More Offbeat Kentuckians (ISBN 0-913383-90-2), in which stories of some of the Bluegrass State’s known and lesser-known eccentrics give the phrase “favorite sons and daughters” a new twist. McQueen spins tales of the likes of career criminal George Barrett; psychic Edgar Cayce; duelist Alexander McClung; “King” Solomon, Lexington’s heroic gravedigger; William Goebel, the only state governor ever to be assassinated in America; Nathan Stubblefield, the purported “real” inventor of radio; psychic healer Edgar Cayce; Jim Porter, the “Kentucky Giant”; and Carry Nation.

    Both Offbeat Kentuckians and More Offbeat Kentuckians are published by McClanahan Publishing House in Kuttawa. McQueen is a featured narrator-guide in the KET field trip to White Hall.

  • For excellent brief overviews of the lives of Henry Clay, Cassius M. Clay, Laura Clay, and others, see the Kentucky Encyclopedia. John E. Kleber, editor in chief. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1992. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0.

  • Two well-written and entertaining books on Cassius Clay, his family, and White Hall that usually can be found in Kentucky bookstores and in the White Hall gift shop:
    • Cassius Marcellus Clay—Firebrand of Freedom by H. Edward Richardson. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1976. ISBN 0-8131-0861-6.
    • Cassius Marcellus Clay’The Man Behind the Legend by Carolyn L. Siegel. Berea, KY: Kentucke Imprints, 1988. ISBN 0-935680-37-3.

  • Also recommended: Lion of White Hall: The Life of Cassius M. Clay by David L. Smiley. Madison, WI, 1962.

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