Outstanding Alumnus of Kentucky Award, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, 2008
McCandless Lecture, Regents Park College, University of Oxford, 2008
A Concise History of Kentucky (University Press of Kentucky, 2008). With Freda Klotter
Faces of Kentucky (University Press of Kentucky, 2006) With Freda C. Klotter
Received Award of Merit from Kentucky History Awards, Historical Confederation of Kentucky, and Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.
Kentucky Justice, Southern Honor, and American Manhood: Understanding the Life and Death
of Richard Reid (LSU Press, 2003). Southern Biography Series. Won the Governor’s Award in 2007, for the best book on Kentucky history published over the past four years. Nominated for the Merle Curti Award, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Herbert Jacob Book Prize, the Kentucky Literary Award, the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award, National Council on Public History Book Award, and the Charles Sydnor Award.
A New History of Kentucky (University Press of Kentucky, 1997).
Coauthored with Lowell Harrison
Kentucky: Portrait in Paradox, 1900-1950 (Kentucky Historical Society, 1996).
History Mysteries: The Cases of James Harrod, Tecumseh, “Honest Dick” Tate, and William
Goebel (University Press of Kentucky, 1989).
The Breckinridges of Kentucky, 1760-1981 (University Press of Kentucky, 1986). Nominated for
Frank Owsley Award, Douglas S. Freeman History Award, and Richard Leopold Award.
William Goebel: The Politics of Wrath (University Press of Kentucky, 1977).
Kentucky: Decades of Discord, 1865-1900 (Kentucky Historical Society, 1977).
Coauthored with Hambleton Tapp. Chapter reprinted in From the Fort to the Future: Educating the Children of Kentucky (1986).
Our Kentucky: A Study of the Bluegrass State (University Press of Kentucky, 1992; revised
edition, 2000). Editor.
Book received Certificate of Commendation, AASLH.
The Human Tradition in the Old South (Scholarly Resources, 2003). Editor.
The Human Tradition in the New South (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).Editor.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia (University Press of Kentucky, 1992). Associate editor.
The Union, The Civil War, and John W. Tuttle: A Kentucky Captain’s Account (Kentucky
Historical Society, 1982). Coedited with Hambleton Tapp.
Kentucky Profiles: Biographical Essays in Honor of Holman Hamilton (Kentucky Historical
Society, 1982). Coedited with Peter Sehlinger.
The Public Papers of Governor Simeon Willis, 1943-1947 (University Press of Kentucky, 1987).
General Editor, with Terry Birdwhistell and Doug Boyd, of “Kentucky Remembered: An Oral
History Series” for the University Press of Kentucky. Eight books in print to date: Bert Combs the Politician (1991), Barry Bingham: A Man of His Word (1993), Conversations with KentuckyWriters vol. 1 (1996), vol. 2 (1999), Tobacco Culture (1998), Food andEveryday Life on Kentucky Family Farms (2006), This is Home Now: HolocaustSurvivors Speak (2009), and Freedom on the Border: An Oral History of the Civil RightsMovement in Kentucky (2009).
General Editor, “Topics in Kentucky History,” for the University Press of Kentucky. Three
volumes in print: Henry Watterson and the New South (2006) and Madeline McDowellBreckinridge: The Battle for a New South (2008), and Murder and Madness: The Myth of the Kentucky Tragedy (2009).
Chapters or Sections in Books:
“Family Influences on a Progressive: The Early Years of Sophonisba P. Breckinridge,” in
Kentucky Profiles (1982)
“William O’Connell Bradley,” “William Sylvester Taylor,” “William Goebel,” and “Simeon Willis,” in Lowell H. Harrison, ed., Kentucky Governors (1985; rev.ed., 2004)
“The Frontier Years,” “The Natural World,” “Making a Living,” “Roads, Rivers and Rails,”
“Religion and Education,” “The Civil War,” “The Rural and Urban Landscape,” in
Martin E. Schmidt, Kentucky Illustrated (1992)
“Past as Prologue,” in Michael T. Childress, ed., Exploring the Frontier of the Future (1996)
“Kentucky Historian,” in John E. Kleber, ed., Thomas D. Clark of Kentucky: An Uncommon Life
August 13, 1996
In addition, talks have been given to university groups within the state, at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Murray State University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Bellarmine College, Berea College, Centre College, Cumberland College, Georgetown College, Thomas More College, Transylvania University, Union College, and elsewhere. Overall, some 900 presentations have been made in over 75 Kentucky counties, to groups ranging from Elderhostel and literary and historical societies, to Leadership Kentucky and the Commonwealth Fellows, to Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau groups.
Codirector, NHPRC Grant, Papers of the Governors (1980-81) $67,000
Codirector, NHPRC Grant, State Board of Assessment (1982) $22,000
Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 2005
Summer Study Grant, Georgetown College, 2007
Have been contacted on a regular basis by journalists. In the field of radio, have made numerous appearances on call-in shows and have been used as a historical resource and for comment by the Kentucky Network, NPR, and other in-state and out-of-state stations.
Regarding television, have appeared in many in-state commercial and cable programs. In the field of public television, have been a consultant on various programs, and have appeared in several others, ranging from ones on Settlement Schools, to “Ed Prichard Remembers Kentucky in the New Deal,” to more frequent appearances on “Comment on Kentucky.” Nationally, have made several appearances on separate programs on the A & E Network, including its “Biography” series and “Civil War Journal,” and on the History Channel.