A History of Blacks in Kentucky: From Slavery to Segregation, 1760-1891


A History of Blacks in Kentucky traces the role of blacks from the early exploration and settlement of Kentucky to 1891, when African Americans gained freedom only to be faced with a segregated society. Making extensive use of numerous primary sources such as slave diaries, Freedmen’s Bureau records, church minutes, and collections of personal papers, the book tells the stories of individuals, their triumphs and tragedies, and their accomplishments in the face of adversity.

Marion B. Lucas, professor of history at Western Kentucky University, is the author of Sherman and the Burning of Columbia.

“A panoramic view of the black experience in Kentucky. The result is a fine piece of scholarship that will entertain and edify scholars and general readers alike.”—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

“Paints a vivid picture of the tragedy and triumphs of slaves and free blacks under the peculiar institution.”—Filson Club History Quarterly

“A major contribution to the people of the state.”—John B. Boles, Rice University

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