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

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

by Altina L. Waller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807842168

ISBN-13: 9780807842164

Pub. Date: 06/01/1988

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The Hatfield-McCoy feud, the entertaining subject of comic strips, popular songs, movies, and television, has long been a part of American folklore and legend. Ironically, the extraordinary endurance of the myth that has grown up around the Hatfields and McCoys has obscured the consideration of the feud as a serious historical event. In this study, Altina Waller

Overview

The Hatfield-McCoy feud, the entertaining subject of comic strips, popular songs, movies, and television, has long been a part of American folklore and legend. Ironically, the extraordinary endurance of the myth that has grown up around the Hatfields and McCoys has obscured the consideration of the feud as a serious historical event. In this study, Altina Waller tells the real story of the Hatfields and McCoys and the Tug Valley of West Virginia and Kentucky, placing the feud in the context of community and regional change in the era of industrialization.

Waller argues that the legendary feud was not an outgrowth of an inherently violent mountain culture but rather one manifestation of a contest for social and economic control between local people and outside industrial capitalists — the Hatfields were defending community autonomy while the McCoys were allied with the forces of industrial capitalism. Profiling the colorful feudists "Devil Anse" Hatfield, "Old Ranel" McCoy, "Bad" Frank Phillips, and the ill-fated lovers Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield, Waller illustrates how Appalachians both shaped and responded to the new economic and social order.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807842164
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/01/1988
Series:
The Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies
Edition description:
1
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: The Feud1
Part 1The Feud as Community Conflict
1.Prologue: The Death of Asa Harmon McCoy17
2.The Devil in West Virginia34
3.The Devil Challenged53
4.Family, Justice, and Violence in the Tug Valley77
Two Worlds in Conflict: A Pictorial Essay105
Part 2The Politics of Feuding
5.Interim, 1882-1888139
6.The Feud Recast158
7.The Battle for Grapevine Creek182
8.On Trial206
9.Epilogue: The Devil Transformed235
Appendixes251
Notes261
Bibliography293
Index305

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