Feud Hatfields, McCoys, and Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900

ISBN-10: 0807842168
ISBN-13: 9780807842164
Edition: 1988
Authors: Altina L. Waller
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 6/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The Hatfield-McCoy feud, the entertaining subject of comic strips, popular songs, movies, and television, has long been a part of American folklore and legend. Ironically, the extraordinary endurance of the myth that has grown up around the Hatfields and McCoys has obscured the consideration of the feud as a serious historical event. In this study, Altina Waller tells the real story of the Hatfields and McCoys and the Tug Valley of West Virginia and Kentucky, placing the feud in the context of community and regional change in the era of industrialization. Waller argues that the legendary feud was not an outgrowth of an inherently violent mountain culture but rather one manifestation of a contest for social and economic control between local people and outside industrial capitaliststhe Hatfields were defending community autonomy while the McCoys were allied with the forces of industrial capitalism. Profiling the colorful feudists "Devil Anse" Hatfield, "Old Ranel" McCoy, "Bad" Frank Phillips, and the ill-fated lovers Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield, Waller illustrates how Appalachians both shaped and responded to the new economic and social order.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Feud
The Feud as Community Conflict
Prologue: The Death of Asa Harmon McCoy
The Devil in West Virginia
The Devil Challenged
Family, Justice, and Violence in the Tug Valley
Two Worlds in Conflict: A Pictorial Essay
The Politics of Feuding
Interim, 1882-1888
The Feud Recast
The Battle for Grapevine Creek
On Trial
Epilogue: The Devil Transformed
Appendixes
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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