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:: Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015
Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015
This bicentennial history of Covington, Kentucky, presents an overview of an important gateway city. At times, this gateway has pointed in different directions, and, at other times, it has vacillated between innovation and complacency. Like other transitions or gateway regions, the residents of Covington have sought their fortunes with the prevailing winds of change. Initially, Covington served as a “Gateway to the West,” then as a “Gateway between the North and the South,” followed by a “Gateway to the North,” and most recently as a “Gateway to Progress.”
studies the growth and development of a city within the context of national and regional events, particularly those affecting a border region. Lying on the southern shore of the Ohio River opposite Cincinnati, Ohio, Covington is part of a vibrant metropolitan region of 2.1 million people. With Cincinnati, it shares a common destiny as a transition area, a border region that has acted as a geological, climatological, historical, and cultural “gateway.”
In a 21st-century global economy, where cultures collide, connect and collaborate, the study of how historic border regions have functioned can inform modern decision-making. Border areas like Covington and Cincinnati have long struggled with—and turned to their advantage—the challenges and opportunities afforded by cultural, political, and economic differences. The resultant innovations have fueled their economic prosperity, as well as their cultural diversity.
With the exception of the US-Mexico border region, few transitional areas within the continental United States have been studied for their historical lessons. This book offers a glimpse of the historical themes underlying an interior border region, and one that was vitally important during the Civil War.
About Tenkotte, Claypool and Schroeder
Paul A. Tenkotte, Ph.D.
is professor of history at Northern Kentucky University. Co-editor (with James C. Claypool) of the 1,100-page The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky (2009), Tenkotte is the coeditor/coauthor of a half-dozen books, and the author of dozens of journal articles and encyclopedia entries, including contributions to the multivolume World History Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, The Kentucky Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Louisville. He lives in Ft. Wright, KY.
James C. Claypool
has over 38 years of teaching and administrative service in Kentucky education system. He was the first employee of Northern Kentucky State College/University and began the athletic program at NKU. Jim has served as a media resource on the history of the area and done numerous local radio and television programs and appearances. He lives in Park Hills, KY.
David E. Schroeder
is executive director of the Kenton County Public Library. He serves as president of board of the Friends of the Kentucky Public Archives, was appointed a member of the Kentucky Archives and Records Commission by Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2007, and is a member of the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky. He lives in Ludlow, KY.
Tenkotte, Claypool and Schroeder
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