The Hatfields and the McCoys

The Hatfields and the McCoys

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by Otis K. Rice
     
 

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The Hatfield-McCoy feud has long been the most famous vendetta of the southern Appalachians. Over the years it has become encrusted with myth and error. Scores of writers have produced accounts of it, but few have made any real effort to separate fact from fiction. Novelists, motion picture producers, television script writers, and others have sensationalized

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The Hatfield-McCoy feud has long been the most famous vendetta of the southern Appalachians. Over the years it has become encrusted with myth and error. Scores of writers have produced accounts of it, but few have made any real effort to separate fact from fiction. Novelists, motion picture producers, television script writers, and others have sensationalized events that needed no embellishment.

Using court records, public documents, official correspondence, and other documentary evident, Otis K. Rice presents an account that frees, as much as possible, fact from fiction, event from legend. He weighs the evidence carefully, avoiding the partisanship and the attitude of condescension and condemnation that have characterized many of the writings concerning the feud.

He sets the feud in the social, political, economic, and cultural context of eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By examining the legacy of the Civil War, the weakness of institutions such as the church and education system, the exaggerated importance of family, the impotence of the law, and the isolation of the mountain folk, Rice gives new meaning to the origins and progress of the feud. These conditions help explain why the Hatfield and McCoy families, which have produced so many fine citizens, could engage in such a bitter and prolonged vendetta

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Editorial Reviews

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"Using court records, public documents, official correspondence and other documentary evidence, Rice presents an account that frees, as much as possible, fact from fiction, event from legend." — McCormick (SC) Messenger

"A captivating account of two families whose stubbornness and loyalty were exceeded only by their capacity for a terrible revenge. Without a doubt, the Hatfield-McCoy feud will reign supreme as the most fascinating vendetta on the American scene." — Southern Living

"An engrossing account of the Appalachian feud that has become a part of the folk history of America." — Ashland Daily Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813114590
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
12/31/1982
Series:
Journalistic History Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
387,759
Product dimensions:
0.39(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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"A captivating account of two families whose stubbornness and loyalty were exceeded only by their capacity for a terrible revenge. Without a doubt, the Hatfield-McCoy feud will reign supreme as the most fascinating vendetta on the American scene." —-Southern Living

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Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.

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The Hatfields and the McCoys 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
leedew59 More than 1 year ago
Author reports the facts in the feud and way of life in the area at that time. Little hard to follow all the people - I did find myself going back and re-reading sections to recall a person's relations later on in the book - but that is what makes this feud so interesting. There were so many overlaps and people with agendas. Fascinating report on the feud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great facts and pictures. I read this after watching the mini series and they seemed to go hand in hand, although the book goes into greater detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good info on the feud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth your time
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nonfictionrbest More than 1 year ago
It was very interesteing considering it was based on true history right here in our own country. It makes me wonder what the relations that are living now think about the history of their families. If only things were as less complicted now in our fueds today as they were then. Yes, there was a lot of bloodshed, but it didn't always involve a whole nation to suffer by it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your interested in history or just want a good read, check this out. This book is awesome!!!!
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Sucks spent $12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish i had known that. I would not have paid that much for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I THOUGHT THE EXERCPT WAS INTRESTING .BUT WHY SHOULD MY OPUNION MQATYYER