The Hatfields and the McCoys (Google eBook)

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University Press of Kentucky, Sep 12, 2010 - History - 160 pages
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The Hatfield-McCoy feud has long been the most famous vendetta of the southern Appalachians. Over the years it has become encrusted with myth and error. Scores of writers have produced accounts of it, but few have made any real effort to separate fact from fiction. Novelists, motion picture producers, television script writers, and others have sensationalized events that needed no embellishment. Using court records, public documents, official correspondence, and other documentary evident, Otis K. Rice presents an account that frees, as much as possible, fact from fiction, event from legend. He weighs the evidence carefully, avoiding the partisanship and the attitude of condescension and condemnation that have characterized many of the writings concerning the feud. He sets the feud in the social, political, economic, and cultural context of eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By examining the legacy of the Civil War, the weakness of institutions such as the church and education system, the exaggerated importance of family, the impotence of the law, and the isolation of the mountain folk, Rice gives new meaning to the origins and progress of the feud. These conditions help explain why the Hatfield and McCoy families, which have produced so many fine citizens, could engage in such a bitter and prolonged vendetta
  

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User Review  - bookswoman - LibraryThing

Fascinating look at the family feud to end all feuds! This is a history, written and published by an academic publisher so it is well researched and tries very hard to show all sides of the issues. No ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susie - Goodreads

No fables, no legends, no gossip. Only facts that can be verified and family history as well as public records. For the real story, this book is marvelous. Enjoyed reading it as much as watching the miniseries. Read full review

Contents

1 The Feudists and Their Society
1
2 The Legacy of the Civil War
9
3 Election Days on Blackberry Creek
19
4 The Smoldering Fires
30
5 An Era of Violence
37
6 Inflammatory Politics
49
7 New Years Day 1888
58
8 The Hatfields on the Defensive
68
Illustrations follow page
86
11 Hawkshaws in the Hills
92
12 The Hatfields Stand Trial
101
13 The War Spirit Abates
110
14 The Habit of Violence
118
Epilogue
125
Notes
127
Bibliographical Note
139

9 The Governors Intervene
76
10 Victory for Kentucky
84

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