Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky, 1880-1940 (Hardback)
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Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky, 1880-1940 (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 07/04/2000
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This work examines the ""political bosses"" or powerful men who were the urban ""New South"" counterparts to the rural ""Old South"" planter elite. Although villified by the media, these powerful individuals often cared deeply about their cities, and sought to improve the lives of their citizens.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813121505
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Well researched, and it should prove interesting and useful to anyone focused on American politics, southern history, or the history of Lexington." -- Ace Magazine


"An important book.... Well written and sheds light on the conundrum of political reform and the power of urban bosses." -- American Historical Review


"An excellent study of the rise and decline of a classic machine politician." -- Choice


"Bolin's book of Lexington under Klair is more than a local history. It is a case study in the decline and disappearance of urban 'bossism' that dominated American cities during the century between Civil War days and Civil Rights days." -- Greenwood (SC) Index-Journal, Orangeburg (SC) Times and Democrat


"Bolin's well-organized and easy-to-read book, based on extensive research in primary sources, is an important contribution to the study of bossism and to Kentucky history." -- H-New Reviews


"It is surprising, given its traditions and history, that the staid Bluegrass city of Lexington should have become the stronghold of one of Kentucky's most influential political bosses. In that age of political bosses, Bolin clearly reveals the techniques and devices used by a masterful politician to achieve his ends. This book is eminently readable and a significant addition to the study of bossism in America." -- John D. Wright Jr.


"A richly detailed picture of an urban politician defending his interests and exercising power beyond municipal boundaries. The discussion of state-level politics provides the reader with the context often missing from studies of urban politics." -- Journal of American History


"Figures such as Klair and histories of cities like Lexington have much to offer political and social historians." -- Journal of Interdisciplinary History


"Makes an excellent contribution to the study of American city machines and political reform, as well as the urban South." -- Journal of Southern History


"The story of Billy Klair, the political boss who wielded major influence in the growth and changes that took place in Lexington." -- Kentucky Libraries


"For those who love politics and political history, especially Kentucky's rough and tumble variety, the story of Billy Klair of Lexington is a must." -- Louisville Courier-Journal


"This latest addition to the extensive literature on bosses and machines is on of the most welcome." -- North Carolina Historical Review


"Anyone interested in Kentucky politics and history will find the book a significant addition to the literature." -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


"Many studies look only at the local urban level, yet bosses operated at all three levels -- local, state, and national. The tripartite focus of the book is one of its greatest strengths." -- Roger W. Lotchin

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