This is a near fine (almost like new) hardcover with dust jacket. 1982 University of Kentucky Press. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are still crisp and clean with no markings seen. Orange hardcover boards under jacket are also near fine with barely any shelf wear showing. The accompanying dust jacket is clean and shiny with only a hint of shelf wear along top edge.
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 rom fiction. Many have sensationalized events that needed no embellishment.
Using court records, public documents, official correspondence newspapers and more, Otis Rice presents an account that frees, as much as possible, fact from fiction, event from legend. He sets the feud in the social, political, economic and cultural context of eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia in the late 19th and early 20th century. Using history of the Civil War, weakness of institutions, importance of family, impotence of the law, and the isolation of mountain folk, he gives new meaning to the origins and progress of the feud.
Illustrated endpapers show the Hatfield-McCoy country in the front and the family lineages in back endpapers.
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