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Course Proposal

KY Heritage: The Antebellum Period


Dr. Crowe Carraco Lectures

Dr. Crowe Carraco Lectures 


At the Proto Cathedral

 At the Proto Cathedral


Dr. Crowe Carraco

 Dr. Carol  Crowe Carraco On The Bus


My Old Kentucky Home

 My Old Kentucky Home



 Inside My Old KY Home

 Inside My Old Kentucky Home


Outside The Old Tablott Tavern

 Lunch at the Old Talbott Tavern

Lunch at the Talbott Tavern

 Lunch at the Talbott Tavern2

 Lunch at the Talbott Tavern3

 Touring Barton's Distillery

 Touring Barton's Distillery


Tasting at 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.


Hodgenville and Bardstown Bus Trip Schedule, Saturday, October 19, 2013




Session 1: Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Knicely Conference Center   

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

Knicely Conference Center

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

Knicely Conference Center   

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Leisure activities are very important in giving a period a distinctive identity.


  • The Kentucky Character
  • Dueling
  • Art and Literature
  • Education and Religion

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