Hidden History of Western Kentucky

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What makes western Kentucky so unique? Sometimes it seems as if the history of this distinctive region lies buried deep within its awe-inspiring cave systems. Join western Kentucky historian Berry Craig as he penetrates the depths of the region's lesser-known history and brings to light the people, places and events that have shaped Kentucky's west. People like Fate Marable, the Paducah-born jazz innovator whose roving Kentucky Jazz Band featured a young Louis Armstrong. Places like Wheel, the tiny town in Graves County that gave birth to a vice president. And forgotten feuds like the 1900 Christmas Eve shootout in Mayfield that left a deputy dead. These stories, and many others, ensure that western Kentucky's hidden history will no longer linger in the shadows.
ISBN: 9781609493974
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kentucky
Series: Hidden History
Images: 94
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Berry Craig serves as professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, where has been on the faculty since 1989. He was a feature writer and columnist for the Paducah Sun-Democrat and Paducah Sun from 1976 to 1989, and also wrote "Kentucky Backroads, " a freelance Associated Press feature column. He has written articles for the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Filson Club History Quarterly and Kentucky Humanities. He received the Kentucky Historical Society's 2001 Richard H. Collins Award for the best article published in the Register that year. In addition to his writing, he is an active speaker on the Kentucky historical circuit, generating a following with his oral overview of the Bombast, Bourbon and Burgoo writings.
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