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Days of Darkness : The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky - John Ed Pearce

Days of Darkness

The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky

Paperback Published: 26th August 2010
ISBN: 9780813126579
Number Of Pages: 227

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" Among the darkest corners of Kentucky's past are the grisly feuds that tore apart the hills of Eastern Kentucky from the late nineteenth century until well into the twentieth. Now, from the tangled threads of conflicting testimony, John Ed Pearce, Kentucky's best known journalist, weaves engrossing accounts of six of the most notorior accounts to uncover what really happened and why. His story of those days of darkness brings to light new evidence, questions commonly held beliefs about the feuds, and us and long-running feuds -- those in Breathitt, Clay Harlan, Perry, Pike, and Rowan counties. What caused the feuds that left Kentucky with its lingering reputation for violence? Who were the feudists, and what forces -- social, political, financial -- hurled them at each other? Did Big Jim Howard really kill Governor William Goebel? Did Joe Eversole die trying to protect small mountain landowners from ruthless Eastern mineral exploiters? Did the Hatfield-McCoy fight start over a hog? For years, Pearce has interviewed descendants of feuding families and examined skimpy court records and often fictional newspapeputs to rest some of the more popular legends.

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""Provides an overview to the major conflicts while laying to rest various mistaken notions about the feuds." -- Journal of Appalachian Studies" --

List of Mapsp. vii
What This Is All Aboutp. 1
Harlan County: The Turners Meet the Howards
Choose Your Outlawp. 11
The Turners Meet the Howardsp. 15
The Trap that Didn't Springp. 25
Breathitt County: A Talent for Violence
Almost a Romantic Journeyp. 31
Captain Strong's Last Ridep. 41
The Last and Bloodiest Feudp. 45
Pike, Perry, and Rowan Counties: Mayhem Everywhere
No Romeo, No Juliet, No Heroesp. 57
The Woman in the Casep. 75
A Nice Little College Townp. 95
Clay County: The Hundred-Year War
The Incident at the Courthousep. 115
Drawing the Linesp. 129
A Legacy of Violencep. 139
The Fatal Clash on Crane Creekp. 151
Trouble on the Burying Groundp. 163
The Best Men in the Countyp. 172
The Turtle Calls for Bad Tomp. 180
Bloody Time in Frankforp. 187
The Feuds Wind Downp. 196
Surceasep. 209
Sourcesp. 211
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780813126579
ISBN-10: 0813126576
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 26th August 2010
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.32