Published continuously since 1903, the Register is among the oldest historical journals in the United States and continues to provide fresh perspectives on the history of Kentucky and its people. The Register includes the work of leading scholars on the commonwealth but is widely accessible to general readers interested in Kentucky history.
Leading scholars whose articles have appeared recently in the Register include:
- William J. Cooper Jr.
- Elizabeth D. Leonard
- John David Smith
- George C. Wright.
The Register also published interviews with nationally prominent historians, including:
- Edward M. Coffman
- George C. Herring
- Robert V. Remini
- Charles P. Roland
Recent special issues have explored Abraham Lincoln and Kentucky, Kentucky and the Contested Legacy of Jefferson Davis, Appalachian Kentucky and the War on Poverty, Kentucky’s African American Past, and New Perspectives on Civil War–Era Kentucky. A forthcoming special issue will explore Twentieth-Century Kentucky. Each issue of the Register includes an extensive book review section covering recent scholarship on Kentucky as well as a wide array of works on American history and culture.
New Perspectives on Civil War–Era Kentucky, Volume 110, Numbers 3-4 (Summer/Autumn 2012), $15.
Exploring Kentucky’s African American Past, Volume 109, Numbers 3-4 (Summer/Autumn 2011), $15.
Kentucky and the Contested Legacy of Jefferson Davis, Volume 107, Number 2 (Spring 2009), $12.
Abraham Lincoln and Kentucky, Volume 106, Numbers 3-4 (Summer/Autumn 2008), $15.
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The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Volume 111, Number 4 (Autumn 2013)
Free and Freed Shakers and Affiliates of African Descent at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky by Vickie Cimprich
Vickie Cimprich’s article contributes an added dimension to our understanding of Shaker egalitarianism. Well known for their commitment to gender equity and their opposition to slavery, this article tells the story of their commitment to racial equality as well by discussing the importance of black Shakers at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.
“Turning Up Their Noses at the Colonel”: Eastern Aristocracy, Western Democracy, and Richard Mentor Johnson by Miles Smith
Convention wisdom holds that Richard Mentor Johnson’s political career suffered as a consequence of his black common-law wife and mulatto daughters. Miles Smith, however, argues that he was, in fact, unacceptable to many of his fellow Democrats because he was more democratic than Andrew Jackson himself and so aroused the opposition of the more elitist members of the Democratic Party.
“The Weeds and the Flowers are Closely Mixed”: Allegiance, Law, and White Supremacy in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region by Stephen Rockenbach
Stephen Rockenbach contributes to our understanding of the complexities of Kentucky politics before, during, and after the Civil War. More perhaps than the citizens of any other states, Kentuckians were torn by deeply conflicting loyalties. In the end, however, their ultimate commitment to white supremacy proved to be the paramount loyalty and the key to understanding the politics of postwar Kentucky.