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Days of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky Hardcover – November 15, 1994
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"If you are pursuing interesting stories of Kentucky's past; if you are seeking an entertaining mythology; if you find the evolution of oral history fascinating or are just curious about feuds in Eastern Kentucky, then read John Ed Pearce's Days of Darkness."―Lexington Herald-Leader"
"Taken as a chronicle of several different feuds, the book succeeds admirably."―Lexington Herald-Leader"
"A study of the feuds of Eastern Kentucky―six in all―and how the violence and brutality they were known for influenced the perception of the Appalachian region of Kentucky."―Chevy Chaser Magazine"
"Recounting shatters old myths―feuds did not result from insignificant squabbles, and many feuders were not ignorant 'hillbillies,' but rather prominent businessmen and college graduates."―Kentucky Monthly"
"Pearce untangles the loose threads of conflicting testimony to present the reader with the real truth on six of the bloodiest and longest-running feuds in the history of Kentucky."―Lone Star Book Review"
"While the Hatfield-McCoy feud received the most notoriety, there were a number of other similar family conflicts going on in the mountains of eastern Kentucky during the period 1875 to 1920. . . . You can learn more about all these feuds and more."
―Modern Mountain Magazine"―
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Top Customer Reviews
Most only know about the Hatfield-McCoy feud and do not realize that there were larger and more deadlier feuds. John Ed Pearce is the first writer of the feuds that allowed me to grasp the connection between the 100 years war in Clay County, and its negative effect on the social and economic development in this area, and why so many people migrated away from this area for better (and safer) opportunities to raise their families. Contrary to another reviewer, John Ed does an excellant job of weaving his storytelling skills with the research and oral interviews that he conducted for this subject and does not perpetuate but reports the facts of this era, whether you like the facts or not...they existed. When people are afraid to have a light on after dark in town for fear of someone shooting through the window, some sterotypes are reality. The hillbilly stereotypes were developed and perpetuated by the media, and is acknowledged by Mr. Pearce, and credited in photos that were staged of the Hatfield-McCoy feudists that were staged by a magazine photographer of the era. The interviews that he conducted personally would have never come to light if it had not been for Mr. Pearce and some of those he interviewed may have already passed. I am thankful that he had the contacts to find these interesting individuals and put down their story on paper.
I had the pleasure and honor to have a brief e-mail correspondance with Mr. Pearce during his retirement in Florida before he died, about some topics of interest to me in his book.Read more ›
Its no wonder you won the pulitzer price. I have recommended this book to everyone I know researching the families of Eastern Kentucky.
Book is an easy read, but following the cast of characters and some of their exploits does take some effort.
Book would be a good addition to the libary of any Civl War/U.S History buffs.
Book was mentioned in the book "Outliers: The Story of Success" written by Malcolm Gladwell; in particular his comments on the subject of "honor cultures".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John did a wonderful job of researching to author this book. I love history, and especially history in the times and places my ancestors lived.Published 11 months ago by Wilma J. Fields
I purchase this to replace a book I had borrowed from a friend that I had damaged. Didn't realize there would be such a difference in quality. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Marie Rice