The Hatfields and the McCoys

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The Hatfields and the McCoys explores, with vibrant illustration, the historic feud between two iconic American families that ran for nearly three decades between 1863 and 1891. On the heels of the popular History Channel miniseries starring Kevin Costner, Bruce Wexler brings this chapter of American history to life for a new generation of readers. Here is an intimate look at the feud, the era, and an iconic cast of characters, including the two family patriarchs that started it all, William Anderson “Devil ...
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Overview


The Hatfields and the McCoys explores, with vibrant illustration, the historic feud between two iconic American families that ran for nearly three decades between 1863 and 1891. On the heels of the popular History Channel miniseries starring Kevin Costner, Bruce Wexler brings this chapter of American history to life for a new generation of readers. Here is an intimate look at the feud, the era, and an iconic cast of characters, including the two family patriarchs that started it all, William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield and Randolph “Ole Ran’l” McCoy. The two led their families into a war marked by bloodshed and loss on both sides of the Tug Fork River that flows along the border of West Virginia and Kentucky.

Part American folklore, part cautionary tale, The Hatfields and the McCoys separates the fact from the fiction and stands as a testimony to how this terrible episode became symbolic for pointless and bitter animosity. Wexler presents the reader with all of the crime, romance, betrayal, and violence that makes this America’s most infamous family feud. Through impressive storytelling and rare images, this book portrays the dramatic life and times of two extraordinary families unique to American history—from the developing hostilities towards the end of the Civil War to the New Year’s Night massacre of 1988 and the ensuing trials, imprisonments, and hangings that signaled the end of the feud.

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Gr 8 Up—The Appalachian mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky are areas of great beauty and tremendous poverty. The locus of Old World artists and free thinkers, they were also hotbeds of some of the most violent family strife in the history of the United States. The Hatfields and the McCoys came from the British Isles, early settlers to the United States. Indeed, the Hatfields came over on the Mayflower-but both families arrived in the United States seeking to worship freely. Intent on retaining a high degree of self-determinism, the families were prominent in the Tug Valley of Kentucky, and both were headed by patriarchs who served in the Civil War. The likelihood that they suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome is high; and the violence that came to pass may very well have been a result of that affliction. Covering the feud from its inception to its resolution, Wexler's book is highly readable, well written, and beautifully extended by period photos and drawings. The author discusses the initial disputes, the impact of a biased judicial system, the role of the national press corps in recording and publicizing the feud, and the complicated web of intermarriage and interrelationships between the two families. Including information on movie and television treatments of the conflict as well as notable descendants, the book also has clear family trees. The lack of source notes and an index is less than ideal and makes the volume harder to use as a reference source. Still, it is fascinating reading.—Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620876008
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/24/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 950,103
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Wexler has had a lifelong fascination with American culture, from Western movies to cars to toys. He lived for many years in Pennsylvania before returning home to his native England. He is the author of The Wild West Catalog, The Wild, Wild West of
Louis L’Amour, and John Wayne's Wild West. He lives in London.
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