Home Rule: Households, Manhood, And National Expansion On The Eighteenth-century Kentucky Frontier

Hardcover | October 27, 2015

byHonor Sachs

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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. Honor Sachs 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. Endorsed by many prominent western historians, this groundbreaking work is a major contribution to frontier scholarship.

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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. Ho...

Honor Sachs is assistant professor of history at Western Carolina University. She lives in Asheville, NC.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:October 27, 2015Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300154135

ISBN - 13:9780300154139

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Winner of the 2016 Armitage-Jameson Prize sonsored by the Coalition for Western Women's History.