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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 is the extended campus director for Madisonville Community College. He is the author of 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's 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 on the Bluegrass state's history."—William H. Mulligan, Jr., emeritus professor of history at Murray State University

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