Blood Feud

Blood Feud

The Hatfields and the McCoys : the Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance

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America's most notorious family feud began in 1865 with the murder of a Union McCoy soldier by a Confederate Hatfield relative of "Devil Anse" Hatfield. More than a decade later, Ranel McCoy accused a Hatfield cousin of stealing one of his hogs, triggering years of violence and retribution, including a Romeo-and-Juliet interlude that eventually led to the death of one of McCoy's daughters. In a drunken brawl, three of McCoy's sons killed Devil Anse Hatfield's younger brother. Exacting vigilante vengeance, a group of Hatfields tied them up and shot them dead. McCoy posses hijacked part of the Hatfield firing squad across state lines to stand trial, while those still free burned down Ranel McCoy's cabin and shot two of his children in a botched attempt to suppress the posses. Legal wrangling ensued until the US Supreme Court ruled that Kentucky could try the captured West Virginian Hatfields. Seven went to prison, and one, mentally disabled, yelled, "The Hatfields made me do it!" as he was hanged. But the feud didn't end there. Its legend continues to have an enormous impact on the popular imagination and the region. With a charming voice, a wonderfully dry sense of humor, and an abiding gift for spinning a yarn, bestselling author Lisa Alther makes an impartial, comprehensive, and compelling investigation of what happened, masterfully setting the feud in its historical and cultural contexts, digging deep into the many causes and explanations of the fighting, and revealing surprising alliances and entanglements. Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud.
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ISBN: 9780762785346
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MichaelMusicMan May 20, 2013

I used this book for a school project. It's quite an interesting historical event so you should definitely check it out. Only thing i didn't like about this book is its tendency to get information-dry at some points. If you need only some information summarized, be prepared to read the whole thing...

Jun 23, 2012

Outstanding account of the 19th century feud. Lisa Alther lays out the chronology of a conflict that has contradictory accounts of what happened, writing with a very strong sense of style to keep the reader's attention. She herself has connections to the story, gives a thorough explanation of the time and place, the background of the key players, and fills in some of the gaps on root causes and other similar conflicts of the region. A very worthy read, and recommended to anyone who's ever wondered about the story of the feud beyond knowing the bare essentials of the two family names.


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