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Cities in the Commonwealth

Two Centuries of Urban Life in Kentucky (Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf)

Allen J. Share


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From the 1780s, when Louisville and Lexington were tiny clusters of houses in the wilderness, to the 1980s, when more than half of all Kentuckians live in urban areas, the growth of cities has affected nearly all aspects of life in the Commonwealth. These urban centers have led the state in economic, social, and cultural change.

Cities in the Commonwealth examines the crises that have shaped the history of Kentucky's cities and sheds light on such continuing concerns as urban competition, provision of essential services, the importance of the arts, and the struggle for racial justice.

By allowing contemporaries to tell much of the story in their own words, Allen J. Share conveys a sense of the exuberance and dynamism of urban life and thought in Kentucky.

University Press of Kentucky, 9780813192802, 162pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2009

About the Author

Allen J. Share is a specialist in American urban and social history. He teaches in the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Louisville.