Climate Change Just Erased the Past in Kentucky. Where Will it Happen Next?
by Tina A. Irvine
The archives of the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County were inundated by flood waters on July 28—a devastating loss of one community's history and culture, and a warning to historians that our knowledge of the past is at risk from climate change.
SOURCE: New York Times
How Decades of Coal Mining Left West Virginia Vulnerable to Flooding
For a century, coal mining companies have taken billions of dollars of wealth out of eastern Kentucky, stripped the land of vegetation that can contain flood waters, and contributed to the climate change making severe storms more frequent, while leaving little for the people who live there.
SOURCE: Bitter Southerner
Life After the Mines
A long read examines the social disruption that ensues when coal companies close shop and abandon the communities that have grown around mining work for decades and generations.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Kentucky State Police Quoted Hitler and Encouraged Cadets to be ‘Ruthless’ in a Training Program
The rhetoric in the slide show is consistent with “warrior-style” police training, which teaches officers to dehumanize people to act aggressively and forcefully. It also trains officers to approach every encounter with citizens as having a possibility of becoming dangerous or fatal.
Going blue in the Bluegrass State? History echoes in Kentucky’s gubernatorial results
by Billy J. Stratton
Not all that long ago, Eastern Kentucky was a Democratic stronghold.
SOURCE: Washington Post
The last time Kentucky fought over a gubernatorial election, the governor got killed
The violence in 1899 left Kentucky on the brink of a civil war.
SOURCE: US News
Kentucky Historians Explore the Role of Slaves in Kentucky's Bourbon Legacy
In archives across Kentucky, Erin Wiggins Gilliam is on a search for the faces and names of slaves who worked in America's first whiskey distilleries.
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