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Night Comes to the Cumberlands: A Biography of a Depressed Area based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I sat down to read this and could not stop. This is the story of an area of our country long forgotten. The story of how the settlers came into this area and survived, gave up their rights to hungry Coal Barrons and how the UMW's came in to help the miners. I found it compelling and once I finished it; the cloud of sadness hung over me for days. It is the area where my father, his father and probably his father worked and many of my ancestors died. You won't look at the Appalachinas and the Cumberland the same if you read this.
Harry Caudill paints a wonderful description of the Applachian region and its people. He does this through his family history and personal observations in eastern Kentucky and more broadly through his legal practice and time in the legislature. He also is a scholar of the region's history, economy and labor movement. He has the perspective to contribute to the knowledge of the region even now, although he is dead (died in 1990) and the book is almost 50 years old. His writing is as current as today's news. His "afterward" should have been given to members of Congress and the Executive branch of the federal government in 1962 as a guide for the War on Poverty and pubvlic assistance throughout the nation. And his words about this ring true even now. A paraphrase - "Do not pay able-minded people to sit and do nothing. With all that needs to be done, give them an opportunity to do/make something that makes a difference."