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Taking the Town: Collegiate and Community Culture in the Bluegrass, 1880-1917


reviewed by James C. Klotter - December 09, 2008

coverTitle: Taking the Town: Collegiate and Community Culture in the Bluegrass, 1880-1917
Author(s): Kolan Thomas Morelock
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky, Lexington
ISBN: 0813125049, Pages: 422, Year: 2008
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Students had seemingly taken over the town. They paraded through the streets, disrupting traffic, chanting slogans, marching to hear speakers. In their gathering place, collegiates filled the 1,200 seats, others stood in the aisles, and more waited outside, unable to get in. At the conclusion of the talks, the yells echoed so loudly that the accompanying music could not be heard. Then the marching began again.   This was not some student demonstration of the 1960s, or some other era, but rather the scene before and after the annual intercollegiate state oratorical contest of the 1890s, at the Lexington, Kentucky, Opera House. As a local newspaper reported, "Along Main Street all morning the boys paraded up and down, floating their college colors in the wind, while many of the pretty young girlsą flourished ribbons tied to the handles of their parasols." Contestants from area colleges gave fifteen-minute talks, and judges, like the ex-Confederate Basil Duke, announced the winner. Cheerful students then hoisted the victor on... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 09, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15465, Date Accessed: 7/5/2020 7:07:14 AM

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  • James Klotter
    Georgetown College, Kentucky
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    JAMES C. KLOTTER is the State Historian of Kentucky and Professor of History at Georgetown College, Kentucky. The author or editor of some eighteen books, he recently wrote an overview of higher education in Kentucky for Ohio Valley History. Currently he is working on a study of Henry Clay and the American presidency.
 
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