Days of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky

Days of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky

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by John Ed Pearce
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813118743

ISBN-13: 9780813118741

Pub. Date: 11/15/1994

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Among the darkest corners of Kentucky's past are the grisly feuds that tore apart the hills of eastern Kentucky from the late nineteenth century until well into the twentieth. Now, from the tangled threads of conflicting testimony, John Ed Pearce weaves engrossing accounts of six of the most notorious feuds — those in Breathitt, Clay, Harlan, Perry, Pike, and

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Among the darkest corners of Kentucky's past are the grisly feuds that tore apart the hills of eastern Kentucky from the late nineteenth century until well into the twentieth. Now, from the tangled threads of conflicting testimony, John Ed Pearce weaves engrossing accounts of six of the most notorious feuds — those in Breathitt, Clay, Harlan, Perry, Pike, and Rowan counties. What caused the feuds that left Kentucky with its lingering reputation for violence? Who were the feudists, and what forces — social, political, financial — caused the conflicts? For years, Pearce has interviewed descendants of feuding families and examined skimpy court records and often fictional newspaper accounts to uncover what really happened and why. His story brings to light new evidence, questions commonly held beliefs about the feuds, and puts to rest some of the more popular legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813118741
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/15/1994
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps vii

What This Is All About 1

Harlan County: The Turners Meet the Howards

Choose Your Outlaw 11

The Turners Meet the Howards 15

The Trap that Didn't Spring 25

Breathitt County: A Talent for Violence

Almost a Romantic Journey 31

Captain Strong's Last Ride 41

The Last and Bloodiest Feud 45

Pike, Perry, and Rowan Counties: Mayhem Everywhere

No Romeo, No Juliet, No Heroes 57

The Woman in the Case 75

A Nice Little College Town 95

Clay County: The Hundred-Year War

The Incident at the Courthouse 115

Drawing the Lines 129

A Legacy of Violence 139

The Fatal Clash on Crane Creek 151

Trouble on the Burying Ground 163

The Best Men in the County 172

The Turtle Calls for Bad Tom 180

Bloody Time in Frankfor 187

The Feuds Wind Down 196

Surcease 209

Sources 211

Index 215

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