By Otis K. Rice
The Hatfield-McCoy feud has lengthy been the main well-known vendetta of the southern Appalachians. through the years it has turn into encrusted with delusion and mistake. ratings of writers have produced bills of it, yet few have made any genuine attempt to split truth from fiction. Novelists, movie manufacturers, tv script writers, and others have sensationalized occasions that wanted no embellishment.
Using court docket documents, public files, legitimate correspondence, and different documentary obtrusive, Otis okay. Rice offers an account that frees, up to attainable, truth from fiction, occasion from legend. He weighs the facts conscientiously, heading off the partisanship and the angle of condescension and condemnation that experience characterised the various writings about the feud.
He units the feud within the social, political, monetary, and cultural context of jap Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. via studying the legacy of the Civil struggle, the weak spot of associations reminiscent of the church and schooling procedure, the exaggerated value of family members, the impotence of the legislations, and the isolation of the mountain people, Rice supplies new aspiring to the origins and growth of the feud. those stipulations support clarify why the Hatfield and McCoy households, that have produced such a lot of nice voters, may possibly have interaction in the sort of sour and lengthy vendetta