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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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, Kentucky's best known journalist, weaves engrossing accounts of six of the most notorior accounts to uncover what

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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, Kentucky's best known journalist, weaves engrossing accounts of six of the most notorior accounts to uncover what really happened and why. His story of those days of darkness brings to light new evidence, questions commonly held beliefs about the feuds, and us and long-running 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 — hurled them at each other? Did Big Jim Howard really kill Governor William Goebel? Did Joe Eversole die trying to protect small mountain landowners from ruthless Eastern mineral exploiters? Did the Hatfield-McCoy fight start over a hog? For years, Pearce has interviewed descendants of feuding families and examined skimpy court records and often fictional newspapeputs to rest some of the more popular legends.

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A blow-by-blow historical account of the infamous and grisly feuds that tore apart the hill country of Eastern Kentucky from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Pearce, a well-known Kentucky journalist, pieces together the social, political and financial forces which drove the feuds, through scanty court records, conflicting newspaper accounts and interviews with the descendents of the feuding families. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A study of the feuds of Eastern Kentucky — six in all — and how the violence and brutality they were known for influenced the perception of the Appalachian region of Kentucky." — Chevy Chaser Magazine" —

"Recounting shatters old myths — feuds did not result from insignificant squabbles, and many feuders were not ignorant 'hillbillies,' but rather prominent businessmen and college graduates." — Kentucky Monthly" —

"Pearce untangles the loose threads of conflicting testimony to present the reader with the real truth on six of the bloodiest and longest-running feuds in the history of Kentucky." — Lone Star Book Review" —

"While the Hatfield-McCoy feud received the most notoriety, there were a number of other similar family conflicts going on in the mountains of eastern Kentucky during the period 1875 to 1920.... You can learn more about all these feuds and more."— Modern Mountain Magazine" —

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813138343
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
12/01/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

John Ed Pearce worked on the staff of the Louisville Courier-Journal for forty years and was a widely published columnist. He was co-recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in 1967.

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