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Kentucky Martial Law ends...

Item # 555916

October 13, 1865

NEW YORK HERALD, New York, NY, October 13, 1865

* Post civil war Kentucky

The front page has: "Washington" "Martial Law No Longer in Force in Kentucky" "The President's Proclamation" "The Status Of Kentucky". Proclamation concerning martial law in Kentucky is signed in type: Andrew Johnson.

Other news of the day throughout this 8 page issue. Minor spine wear, otherwise in nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Although Kentucky was a slave state, it was not subject to military occupation during the Reconstruction Period. It was subject to the Freedmen's Bureau and a congressional investigation into the propriety of its elected officials. During the election of 1865, ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment was a major political issue. Kentucky eventually rejected the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. Democrats prevailed in the election, and one of their first acts was to repeal the Expatriation Act of 1862, thus restoring the citizenship of Confederates.

After the war, the Ku Klux Klan was quite active in Kentucky. Between 1867 and 1881, the Frankfort Weekly Commonwealth newspaper reported 115 incidents of shooting, lynching, and whipping of blacks.

Reconstruction also saw the establishment of movements favoring equal citizenship for blacks and women's suffrage. Laura Clay, daughter of noted abolitionist Cassius Clay, was an active leader in the suffrage movement.

Kentucky's hemp industry declined as manila became the world's primary source of rope fiber. This led to an increase in tobacco production, which was already the largest cash crop of Kentucky.

Category: Post-Civil War