Home Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier

TitleHome Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSachs, Honor
Number of Pages193
PublisherYale University Press
CityNew Haven, CT
Abstract

On America’s western frontier, myths of prosperity concealed the brutal conditions endured by women, slaves, orphans, and the poor. As poverty and unrest took root in eighteenth-century Kentucky, western lawmakers championed ideas about whiteness, manhood, and patriarchal authority to help stabilize a politically fractious frontier. In this volume, the author combines rigorous scholarship with an engaging narrative to examine how conditions in Kentucky facilitated the expansion of rights for white men in ways that would become a model for citizenship in the country as a whole. 

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