Dr. Crowe Carraco Lectures
At the Proto Cathedral
Dr. Carol Crowe Carraco On The Bus
My Old Kentucky Home
Inside My Old Kentucky Home
Lunch at the Old Talbott Tavern
Touring Barton's Distillery
Tasting at Barton's Distillery
The Antebellum period falls between the Pioneer Period and the Civil War, approximately the years 1810-1860. It is a period in which Kentucky is a trend setter and very prosperous. Historian James Ramage calls it an era of "Kentucky Rising." Lexington is known as the Athens of the West and the Green River Country (South Central Kentucky) exudes agricultural and transportation prosperity.
This program ends with a trip through the Bardstown area, including Lincoln's Birthplace, Old Talbott Tavern, My Old Kentucky Home and other historic stops.
This lecture series and field trip are presented by WKU History Professor Carol Crowe Carraco.
Session 1: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
6 - 7:30 p.m.
The "Half Horse, Half Alligator" man (and woman) concept allows the student of state and local history to view some interesting characters and to discuss their motivations and goals. A pivotal question could be: Are these people that different from 21st Century Kentuckians. If so, how?
- Henry Clay and Cassius Clay
- Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis: the formative years
- Rebecca and John Rowan (Federal Hill or My Old Kentucky Home)
- Richard Johnson and John C. Breckinridge (National leaders)
- Beauchamp-Sharpe Affair (murder and intrigue)
- The Ward Family, Matthew and Sister Sally
- Josiah Henson, Henry Bibb, and someone from Federal Hill
Session 2: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
6 - 7:30 p.m.
It has been said, by the poet James Mulligan, that the sun shines the brightest "in Kentucky;" the flowers smell the sweetest "in Kentucky;" the water is the clearest "in Kentucky;" and the "politics are the damn-est, in Kentucky." And nowhere is that more true than during the Antebellum Period.
- Violence and Jingoism: the War of 1812 and the Mexican American War
- The Bank Crisis
- The Critical Court Struggle
- Slavery and Anti-Slavery Movement
Session 3: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Leisure activities are very important in giving a period a distinctive identity.
- The Kentucky Character
- Art and Literature
- Education and Religion
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