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The Fall of Kentucky's Rock

Western Kentucky Democratic Politics since the New Deal

This in-depth study offers a new examination of a region that is often overlooked in political histories of the Bluegrass State. George G. Humphreys traces the arc of politics in western Kentucky from avid support of the Democratic Party to its present-day Republican identity. He demonstrates that, despite its relative geographic isolation, the counties west of the eastern boundary of Breckinridge County down to the Tennessee state line played significant roles in state and national politics during the New Deal and postwar eras.

Drawing on extensive archival research and oral history interviews, Humphreys explores the area's political transformation from a solid Democratic voting block to a conservative stronghold by examining how developments such as advances in agriculture, the diversification of the economy, and the Civil Rights Movement affected the region. Addressing notable deficiencies in the existing literature, this impressively researched study will leave readers with a deeper understanding of post-1945 Kentucky politics.

About the Author

George G. Humphreys was research director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives and later the extended campus director for Madisonville Community College. He is the author of Taylorism in France, 1904-1920: The Impact of Scientific Management on Factory Relations and Society and Oklahoma Politics and Policies: Governing the Sooner State.

Reviews

"Western Kentucky, once the 'Gibraltar of Democracy,' is one of the most crimson corners of Republican Red Kentucky. But in his engaging and well-researched book, George Humpheys highlights facts probably not well known in Kentucky:  'starting in 1931 and continuing to 1979, the region was home to a host of [Democratic] governors, state legislative and administration leaders, not duplicated in the history of Kentucky politics.' Hence, his book is a worthy addition to Bluegrass State historiography."—Berry Craig, author of Kentuckians and Pearl Harbor

"This book adds a much needed chapter to the political history of West Kentucky."—Bill Cunningham, former justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court and author of On Bended Knees

"George Humphreys'a The Fall of Kentucky's Rock: Western Kentucky Democratic Politics since the New Deal is a major addition to our understanding of Kentucky history. Not only does he provide the first serious historical study of the politics of western Kentucky, but he also makes a compelling argument that the general neglect of the history of western Kentucky by those writing the history of the Commonwealth has skewed the understanding of the Bluegrass state's history."—William H. Mulligan, Jr., emeritus professor of history at Murray State University

"George Humphreys's timely and important study of Western Kentucky politics from 1931-1979 chronicles the rise and decline of regional Democratic Party dominance. The author examines the physiographic features, historical, social and religious forces that helped to form and define the region's culture and politics. His thoroughly researched work adds significantly to understanding the period's influential leaders, its issues, factions and movements while examining reasons for the Party's wane and the Republican ascent."—Jody Richards, Speaker of the House from 1994 to 2008 in the Kentucky House of Representatives

"From Alben Barkley to Earle Clements to Wendell Ford, and beyond, west Kentucky has produced key state and national leaders. But to a more recent generation, those names mean little. Once the Gilbraltor of Kentucky Democracy, that rock has so splintered that the area is solidly Republican, and the names of many of those important leaders have been almost forgotten by new voters. George Humphreys's The Fall of Kentucky's Rock provides readers a fresh and important chronicle of an oft-forgotten region of the commonwealth.  In this work, his excellent research, clear and compelling prose, and sound conclusions give readers a penetrating look at the politics, and the leaders who won—and lost— elections there."—James C. Klotter

"As a west Kentuckian myself, I found Humphreys's detailed account of a colorful period in Kentucky's political history both interesting and entertaining."—Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky from 2007 to 2015 and author of People Over Politics

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