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Slavery and Freedom in the Bluegrass State

Revisiting My Old Kentucky Home

Edited by Gerald L. Smith
Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" has been designated as the official state song and performed at the Kentucky Derby for decades. In light of the ongoing social justice movement to end racial inequality, many have questioned whether the song should be played at public events, given its inaccurate depiction of slavery in the state.

In Slavery and Freedom in the Bluegrass State, editor Gerald L. Smith presents a collection of powerful essays that uncover the long-forgotten stories of pain, protest, and perseverance of African Americans in Kentucky. Using the song and the museum site of My Old Kentucky Home as a central motif, the chapters move beyond historic myths to bring into sharper focus the many nuances of Black life. Chronologically arranged, they present fresh insights on such topics as the domestic slave trade, Black Shakers, rebellion and racial violence prior to the Civil War, Reconstruction, the fortitude of Black women as they pressed for political and educational equality, the intersection of race and sports, and the controversy over a historic monument.

Taken as a whole, this groundbreaking collection introduces readers to the strategies African Americans cultivated to negotiate race and place within the context of a border state. Ultimately, the book gives voice to the thoughts, desires, and sacrifices of generations of African Americans whose stories have been buried in the past.

About the Author

Gerald L. Smith is professor of history in Department of History at the University of Kentucky and pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington. He has written extensively on the Black experience in Kentucky and is the author, editor, or coeditor of four books, which includes the award-winning The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.

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Other Titles by Gerald L. Smith

A Black Educator in the Segregated South

Gerald L. Smith
Mar 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$40.00 USD - Hardback
$50.00 USD - Electronic book text

The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

edited by Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel, John A. Hardin
Aug 2015 - University Press of Kentucky
$39.95 USD - Hardback
$39.95 USD - Electronic book text
$39.95 USD - Electronic book text

Bluegrass Renaissance

edited by James C. Klotter, Daniel Rowland, with contributions byStephen Aron, Shearer Davis Bowman, Gerald L. Smith, Randolph Hollingsworth, Maryjean Wall, Mark V. Wetherington, John Thelin, Tom Eblen, Mollie Eblen, Matthew Clarke, Est...
Aug 2012 - University Press of Kentucky
$40.00 USD - Hardback
$40.00 USD - Electronic book text
$40.00 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / African American Studies

The Antislavery Movement in Kentucky

Lowell H. Harrison
Dec 2025 - University Press of Kentucky
$15.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$12.95 USD - Electronic book text

The Holy Profane

Teresa L. Reed
Dec 2025 - University Press of Kentucky
$35.00 USD - Hardback
$20.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$12.95 USD - Electronic book text

Black Lives in Alaska

Ian C. Hartman, David Reamer, foreword by Calvin E. Williams
Nov 2022 - University of Washington Press
$99.00 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback