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read The Feud kindle ✓ ´ dean king ✓ For than a century the enduring feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been American shorthand for passionate unyielding and even violent confrontation Yet despite numerous articles books television shows and feature films nobody has ever told the in depth true story of this legendarilLy subsided a dozen family members would be in the grave The hostilities grew to be a national spectacle and the cycle of killing kidnapping stalking by bounty hunters and skirmishing between governors spawned a legal battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court and still influences us todayFilled with bitter uarrels reckless affairs treacherous betrayals relentless mercenaries and courageous detectives THE FEUD is the riveting story of two frontier families struggling for survival within the narrow confines of an unforgiving land It is a formative American tale and in it we see the reflection of our own family bonds and the lengths to which we might go in order to defend our honor our loyalties and our livelihood This book reminded me of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee although it doesn't take place there and this 10 minute tv show that used to run in the mornings before the local news called The Heartland Series That's why I chose to read it in the first place Well that's also the best part about it the intimate descriptions of mountain life back in the day As for the feud itself I wasn't captivated There are some complex characters involved but I agree with other reviewers that the relations between people were challenging to follow without repeatedly consulting the family trees in the front of the book Since I was reading this out of nostalgia for the mountains than for a true understanding of what occurred between these people I couldn't be bothered

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For than a century the enduring feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been American shorthand for passionate unyielding and even violent confrontation Yet despite numerous articles books television shows and feature films nobody has ever told the in depth true story of this legendarily fierce and far reaching clash in the heart of Appalachia Drawing upon years of original research including the discovery of previously lost and ignored documents and interviews with relatives of both families bestselling author Dean King finally gives us the full unvarnished tale one vastly enthralling than the mythUnlike previous accounts King's begins in the mid nineteenth century when the Hatfields and McCoys lived side by side in relative GENERAL 1 The genealogies and map at the beginning are crucial May want to bookmark; I flipped back constantly A reminder—Hatfields are mostly of Logan County West Virginia and McCoys are mostly of Pike County Kentucky Counties are separated by the Tug River but really members from both families live on both sides Interestingly enough the two patriarch of the families Randall McCoy and Devil Anse Hatfield remember their names fought together in the Confederacy and were known companions “The families were on good terms with each other In fact tug valley dwellers were so intertwined that in 1849 they petitioned to move the virginia kentucky line so that the entire valley would lie within virginia ‘The present line’ they noted ‘divides neighborhoods friends and relations’ Among the signers were than a dozen McCoys and Hatfields”2 It’s an extremely well cited book and the author sources from both Hatfield McCoy family sources eually2 I now believe the controversial JD VANCE LINK when he says he’s descended from the Hatfields the surname Vance is all over the place 3 I knew there was intermarrying but my god it’s hard to tell the families apart there’s so much intermarriage4 So Much Incest5 The names These people name their poor children things like Pharmer Tennis and Sink6 For some reason I felt a bit emotionally connected to the Hatfields—maybe because I disliked Randall so strongly?—but I have to admit they seem to be the real instigators here Hatfields attack and then they re attack to prevent attacks The McCoys are just reacting to their shenanigans not starting things But Devil Anse seems to really love his family members whereas Randall just seems to be defending his own honour 7 A fun fact genetic testing reveals that the McCoys had a rare hereditary disease called von Hippel Landau disease VHL which resulted in tumors on the adrenal gland giving them crazy tempers probably all that inbreeding honestly TIMELINE There is SO much information in this book but I wanted to give a brief description of the major events because I feel like most people don't know those kinds of details about the feud Three main events led to the feud 1 the murder of Harmon McCoy brother of Randall at the end of the Civil War in December 1864; 2 when Randall and Floyd Hatfield first cousin of Devil Anse on both sides each claimed an escaped group of hogs and accused the other of stealing them Floyd Hatfield won and 3 the star crossed love affair of Johnse pronounced “Joncee” Hatfield son of Devil Anse and Roseanna McCoy daughter of Randall The Star Crossed Lovers The first two are relatively self explanatory As for the love affair Johnse Hatfield son of Devil Anse took a shine to Roseanna McCoy Randall’s daughter and they hung out in the mountains together all day against their parents’ wishes Then they rode to his parents’ home and by then it was too late and Roseanna would have to stay the night In the morning Johnse wanted to marry her but Devil Anse refused out of stubbornness apparently Randall didn’t find out where his daughter was for another month by which time she and Johnse had been “living in sin” for weeks— unmarried but sleeping in the same bed but can I point out this bed was in the same room as Johnse’s parents and the rest of the family? How much “sin” could they possibly have got up to? Furious—as a matter of family honor not concern for his daughter—Randall demanded that she come home She refused So Randall issued an ultimatum Roseanna had to leave or he would come get her and kill anyone in his way Knowing it would start a feud if she refused after that declaration she came home— but her father and brothers never spoke to her againWhen she realized she was pregnant by Johnse again HOW she fled to her kindly aunt’s house Johnse was desperate to see her again once he had learned she had left her parents’ house but a warrant had issued for his arrest in Kentucky thanks to Roseanna’s brothers who had friend in high places and who were deputized to arrest him if they found him The brothers come upon the couple making love and arrest him Alarmed about what they would do to Johnse Roseanna stole a horse rode it bareback through the mountains while several months pregnant crossed the Tug River and alerted Devil Anse who raised up a group of armed Hatfields to get Johnse back Johnse was released and there was no violence but the tensions were rising Roseanna gave birth to a child Sally who died of illness several months later After grieving she left to Pikeville to help relatives care for their children Johnse followed her there and tried to get her to marry him but she had had enough of the chaotic tragedy and asked him to leave They never saw each other again He ended up marrying Nancy McCoy who— wait for it— was the fetus inside of Harmon McCoy’s wife when Harmon was killed at the end of the Civil War Election Day Massacre The real start of the war began in 1882 on Election Day when everyone was gathered at the church on the Kentucky side of the Tug Fork A dispute over a debt between Bad ‘Lias Hatfield Devil Anse’s first cousin once removed and Tolbert McCoy Randall’s son ended up with a fight between Ellison Hatfield Devil Anse’s brother and Tolbert along with Tolbert’s younger brothers Pharmer and Bill Ellison died and Tolbert Pharmer and their other brother Bud who looked so much like Bill that people thought he’d done it; Bud kept uiet about his innocence to protect his little brother were dragged across the river and shot execution style 15 year old Bill whose brother died to protect him either went a little crazy then took sick and died not too much later or he got the fuck out of Dodge like a sensible person and lived on in Washington state New Year’s Day Massacre After some snitchin’ in the Hatfield family about a plan to kill Randall Cap Devil Anse’s son and his friend beat the two snitching women a mother and daughter—mother was actually born a McCoy and left them for dead They survived but the mother’s brother Jeff a McCoy came for revenge and was killed by Cap Then for reasons I can’t really tell possibly to prevent Randall from going after them? because these people be crazy—the Hatfields attacked Randall and his family at night on New Year’s Day killing his daughter Alifair and his son Calvin and beating Randall’s wife Sally so badly she could barely walk Roseanna McCoy possibly from shock or grief at the news dies shortly thereafter she’s miles away in Pikeville at the time The McCoys obviously chase after the Hatfields for that and end up killing one of them and capturing several others bringing them to stand trial for the murders of Tolbert Pharmer and Bud McCoy Their cases would work its way up to the Supreme Court Mahon v Justice The Hatfields that stood trial mostly got life sentences except Cotton Top Mounts the illegitimate child of two first cousins and a nephew of Devil Anse who was hanged Johnse and Cap are two of the Hatfields sent to jail but Cap escaped and became a lawyer in those days apparently a murder conviction didn’t prevent you from becoming a lawyer lol As for Johnse a few years into his sentence he would save the prison warden’s life when an inmate attacked him That along with a letter signed by the McCoys asking for Johnse’s pardon they were finally ready to put the feud behind them ended up getting him released The Aftermath Two of the Hatfield boys are killed after that but the rest of Devil Anse’s children seem to turn out just fine Johnse became a land agent for a coal company After Cap’s wife Nan who also rode a horse and shot a gun better than he did taught him to read Cap started a law firm with his blind son Coleman and they were eventually joined by Coleman’s daughter Aileen who became one of the first female practicing attorneys in West Virginia Another son became a wealthy merchant another became a doctor and a third a sheriff In 1998 Bo McCoy a minister from Waycross Georgia initiated a reconciliation Over a thousand descendents of the two families came to have a mutual family reunion in the Tug Fork Valley that has since happened every year In 2003 Reo Hatfield and Bo and Ron McCoy signed an official peace treaty in the wake of the 911 attacks

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The FeudHarmony Theirs was a hardscrabble life of farming and hunting timbering and moonshining and raising large and boisterous families in the rugged hollows and hills of Virginia and Kentucky Cut off from much of the outside world these descendants of Scots Irish and English pioneers spoke a language many Americans would find hard to understand Yet contrary to popular belief the Hatfields and McCoys were established and influential landowners who had intermarried and worked together for decadesWhen the Civil War came and the outside world crashed into their lives family members were forced to choose sides After the war the lines that had been drawn remained and the violence not only lived on but became personal By the time the fury final I decided to check it out because of a good review I figured I would just skim because it is not really up my alley However it was very interesting and it felt well researched so I read the whole thing including notes It is confusing because there are so many people to keep track of and the names don't match as neatly as you would think from feuding familes but if you just follow the various plots it is intriguing to see what life was like at the time