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[KY] Black Heritage: Free EBook

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Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 15:45:35 -0500
From: "Sandra K. Gorin"

Commission on Human Rights Kentucky Black Heritage history book, a longtime resource treasure that has been out of print, is
now available online for free download
Press Release Date: Friday, June 07, 2013
Contact Information: Victoria Stephens Mobile: 502.641.0760
I thought some of you might be interested in this.
Details on the free e-book is given below.

I just downloaded the entire book. Alert! It is right at 59mb in size! It has to be downloaded to read it. I scanned through it, Mayor Luska Twyman of Glasgow is shown, the first Black Mayor elected in Kentucky. There are many pictures, stories, it's worth the read.


The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is pleased to announce that its out-of-print history reference book, Kentucky?s Black Heritage, can now be downloaded in its entirety from the commission website.

Find it at . Look to the sidebar on the left of the homepage and click on the link, "Reports and Publications." Scroll down the linked page through the section called, "Some
General Publications," until you see the Kentucky?s Black Heritage link. Click on the link and click on the "save" icon that will allow you to download and save to your computer.

The commission published the book in 1971. It was compiled by a committee and support staff
organized for the purpose of creating it. It was offered as a textbook supplement for Kentucky
junior high school history courses. Little other organized information about Kentucky African
American history and African American Kentuckians was available. Only five years before, in 1966,
the Kentucky Civil Rights Act had been passed. The book?s typing was undertaken before the wide
use of computers and storage on computer files.

Since the publication has been out of print, the commission has had to share with many people
requesting the book every year that the commission was simply out of the book and the
sought after resource was no longer available.

Now, however, one of the last remaining printed copies of the book has been scanned and converted
to a printable downloadable file and placed on the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights website
at . The book is free and available to the public.

Kentucky’s Black Heritage is about “the role of the black people in the history of Kentucky from
pioneer days to” the time of its publishing, 1971.

It is a valuable and revealing historical resource of the life of black people in Kentucky
and of the contributions African Americans made throughout Kentucky's past. Filled with
photographs and profiles of many African American individuals living in many eras, the book
reflects times of sadness, abuse, shocking oppression, progress, determination, success, and
triumph of people determined to call Kentucky their own and themselves Kentuckians, even during
times when they were considered no more than property without individual rights.

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights believes that educators, researchers, historians,
students, and readers-at-large will be glad to have access once again to this Kentucky treasure, Kentucky?s Black Heritage.

Here is the table of contents:


Unit One: The Slavery Period-- 1770-1860;
Chapter One: Early Settlers;
Chapter Two: Slavery In Kentucky;
Chapter Three: Free Blacks;
Chapter Four: Attempts To Abolish Slavery;
Chapter Five: The Underground Railroad;

Unit Two: The Civil War And Its Aftermath-: 1860-1890;
Chapter Six: The Civil War;
Chapter Seven: The Freedmen;
Chapter Eight: Education After The Civil War;
Chapter Nine: Black Citizens;
Chapter Ten: Protection From Mob Violence;
Chapter Eleven: Early Black Protest Movements;

Unit Three: The Development Of Segregation--1890-1930;
Chapter Twelve: Beginnings Of Segregation;
Chapter Thirteen: Organizations To Aid Blacks;
Chapter Fourteen: Economic Life;
Chapter Fifteen: World War I And Its Aftermath;

Unit Four: The Struggle Against Discrimination--1930-1970;
Chapter Sixteen: Negroes And The Depression;
Chapter Seventeen: World War Ii;
Chapter Eighteen: The Demand For Equality;
Chapter Nineteen: College And University Desegregation;
Chapter Twenty: Public School Desegregation;
Chapter Twenty- One: A Policy Of Equality;
Chapter Twenty- Two: Equal Housing Opportunity;
Chapter Twenty - Three: The Changing Mood;

Biographies of the Black History Committee of The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights;

Bibliography; Index
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is the state authority that enforces the Kentucky Civil
Rights Act and the U.S. Civil Rights Act for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Kentucky Civil
Rights Act protects people from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin,
sex, and disability in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations and financial
transactions. It further protects people in the area of employment from discrimination based on
age (40 years old and over) and based on tobacco-smoking status. The law further protects
in the area of housing families with children under the age of 18 years old and women who are
pregnant. It is against the law to retaliate against any person who makes a discrimination
complaint to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Commission rulings on discrimination
complaints have the authority of a court of law.

For help with discrimination, contact the
commission at 1.800.292.5566. The TDD number is 502.595.4084.

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