Feud: Hatfields, McCoys, and Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900 / Edition 1

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Overview

Wetherington examines the local effects of the Civil War on a section of southern Georgia, in part of the region known as Wiregrass Country. The author looks closely at the experiences of white "plain folk"—mostly yeoman farmers and craftspeople—who feared that emancipation would encourage freed slaves to move from cotton plantations into the piney woods communities they had claimed for themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
While Waller's study is invaluable for Americanists, she has written an engaging work that, quite simply, is an enjoyable read.

Publishers Weekly

In her remarkably detailed analysis, Waller explains what legend does not.

Georgann Eubanks, Washington Monthly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The now legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud has served as America's answer to Romeo and Juliet for over a century. In this insightful work, Waller, a history professor at SUNY-Plattsburgh, debunks assumptions that a blighted romance or strong family ties were central to the hostilities. She convincingly argues that the feud operated on several levels: as a clash between an emerging national industrial culture, whose proponents, for reasons of self-aggrandizement, allied themselves with the McCoys, and the autonomous and local mountain culture that the Hatfields embodied; between the south and the north; and between the states of Kentucky and West Virginia. In the process, Waller demonstrates how and why Hatfield-McCoy myths arose and how stereotypes of the feud ``consigned the mountaineers to the unreal world of savagery . . . and industrialization . . . could proceed much more smoothly.'' Demographic data unfold dramatically, and, utilizing eclectic sources, she illuminates both the era and the complex cast of characters involved in the 12-year feud (her portrait of leader ``Devil Anse'' Hatfield is particularly sensitive). A pictorial essay adds another dimension to an already rich piece of scholarship. While Waller's study is invaluable for Americanists, she has written an engaging work that, quite simply, is an enjoyable read. (June)
Library Journal
In this revisionist study, Waller establishes the familiar social morphology of post-Civil War Appalachia, a traditional precapitalist world on the threshold of penetration by Eastern mining, railroad, and timber companies. Chronicling a far more intricate picture of social change than previous studies, she describes the clash of religion, politics, family, community, and frontier law against which the bloody, 12-year feud was played out. Her observations are fresh and often demythologizing: the law-abiding character of the mountaineers, their predestinarian religion, the impact of national forces on a cohesive, autonomous preindustrial society. The work of an enlightened and skeptical intelligence. Milton Cantor, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807842164
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1988
  • Series: The Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 782,544
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Altina L. Waller, professor emerita of history at the University of Connecticut, is author of Reverend Beecher and Mrs. Tilton: Sex and Class in Victorian America.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: The Feud 1
Part 1 The Feud as Community Conflict
1. Prologue: The Death of Asa Harmon McCoy 17
2. The Devil in West Virginia 34
3. The Devil Challenged 53
4. Family, Justice, and Violence in the Tug Valley 77
Two Worlds in Conflict: A Pictorial Essay 105
Part 2 The Politics of Feuding
5. Interim, 1882-1888 139
6. The Feud Recast 158
7. The Battle for Grapevine Creek 182
8. On Trial 206
9. Epilogue: The Devil Transformed 235
Appendixes 251
Notes 261
Bibliography 293
Index 305
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