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Kentucky is a place, a people, and an idea.

This digital history magazine showcases undergraduate research in Kentucky’s history from its frontier era through the modern day.

Mixing both old school and newer research and writing techniques, Union College students mine Kentucky’s shared past to enlighten, educate, and entertain those interested in her history.


The Bulldog family believes that careful study of the past asks our students to understand their world from the perspective of others, evaluate competing claims in the light of evidence, logic, and context, and express their ideas with clarity and precision. Thus, it is our hope that these windows into Kentucky’s past, crafted by our students, will help her people understand who we are, how we got here, and where we are going in the years ahead.



Spring 2019

Civilian conservation corps

Congress created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on March 31st, 1933, which recruited unemployed young men for a peacetime army to help combat the destruction and erosion of America’s natural resources.

For nearly a decade, the CCC employed about 3 million men nationwide, and at least 90,000 in Kentucky, in the hard, hot work of forest management, flood control, conservation projects, and the development of state and national parks, forests, and historic sites. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “forest army” left their mark on the Commonwealth from Mammoth Cave to the Cumberland Gap, from Covington to Corbin, and in many places in between.


Union College students explored the Civilian Conservation Corps in relation to the following themes:

Sports & Competition
• Sex, Sexuality, and the Role of Women
• Environmental Activism & Conservation
• The Business of Conservation
• The CCC as Local History


“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J. R. R. Tolkien



The Research Process

Ask questions – From interests to topics to questions
Answer questions – From questions to problems
Engage sources- Find evidence to answer problems
Make claims – From evidence to reasons
Explain arguments – From lists of evidence to analysis
Revise drafts – From outlines to prose
Summarize and emphasize – From stopping to concluding
Read aloud – From what you think you said to what you actually said
Revise drafts again – From rough to polished prose
Share your work – From your read to the waiting world

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Together, we can stitch together the past.

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