Days of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky

Days of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky

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by John Ed Pearce
     
 

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
Sales rank:
1,192,660
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
What This Is All About1
Harlan County: The Turners Meet the Howards
Choose Your Outlaw11
The Turners Meet the Howards15
The Trap that Didn't Spring25
Breathitt County: A Talent for Violence
Almost a Romantic Journey31
Captain Strong's Last Ride41
The Last and Bloodiest Feud45
Pike, Perry, and Rowan Counties: Mayhem Everywhere
No Romeo, No Juliet, No Heroes57
The Woman in the Case75
A Nice Little College Town95
Clay County: The Hundred-Year War
The Incident at the Courthouse115
Drawing the Lines129
A Legacy of Violence139
The Fatal Clash on Crane Creek151
Trouble on the Burying Ground163
The Best Men in the County172
The Turtle Calls for Bad Tom180
Bloody Time in Frankfort187
The Feuds Wind Down196
Surcease209
Sources211
Index215

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