Kentucky Historians


Prominent Kentucky historians discuss their personal histories and careers and the forces which led them to the profession. They explain how the study of history has changed over the years. The prominent historians also comment extensively on the ways that their own approaches developed and how they changed through the years of practicing their craft.


Kentucky Historians

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Dr. Thomas D. Clark talks about books, people and events that influenced him as his decision to be a historian. He also talks about classic Kentucky histories as well as Kentucky history books that still need to be written. He talks about important people and event

Carol Carraco-Crowe covers several topics, but focuses mainly on her work as a scholar of Kentucky history. Carraco-Crowe was born in Georgia and received all of her post-secondary degrees from the University of Georgia. After obtaining her PhD she moved to Bowling Green to become a professor at Western Kentucky University. Carraco-Crowe,…

This interview, from the year 2000, covers the life and career of Dr. James A. Ramage, a notable professor of American history at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Ramage recounts several stories from his early life and explains how he entered the historical field. In particular, he provides a detailed narrative of his education and academic…

University of Dayton Professor

In this 2000 interview, Marion B. Lucas, Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina, discusses his role in the documentation and discussion of the Civil War and the South. As stated in the interview, Lucas grew up in Jim Crow South Carolina and is a self-proclaimed early critic of segregation who formed an interest in the Civil War and…

Courier of Manuscripts at the Filson Club

Retired Professor of History at the University of Kentucky

George M. Chinn, born Jan 15, 1902 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky was a Kentucky historian who retired from the Marine Corp as a colonel in 1962. Coming back to Kentucky, he asked then governor Happy Chandler for help finding a position. Shortly thereafter he took his place in the Kentucky Historical Society. In this interview with Eastern Kentucky Oral…

Dr. George Hamilton Tapp was a well-known Kentucky historian who spent most of his career teaching and writing. Dr. Tapp started his career teaching at various schools and institutions such as Pike County High School, Eastern Kentucky University (1923-1928), Louisville Male High School (1934-1944), and the University of Kentucky (1948-1971). While…

Professor of History and Former Dean at Georgetown College

Former Professor of History at Northern Kentucky Universtiy and the University of Kentucky

Former Editor and Writer of the Louisville Courier-Journal and Times

Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Kentucky

Author and Retired Professor and Department Chair at Cumberland College
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