Bloody Breathitt

... shown to the imprisoned Callahan vindicated his actions and placed him on a higher pedestal than “mountain feudist.” Indeed, however Bloody Breathitt was framed within the imprecise parameters of feuding, 192 BLOODY BREATHITT.

Author: T.R.C. Hutton

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813142432

Category: History

Page: 444

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This book uses the history of Breathitt County, Kentucky, to examine political violence in the United States and its interpretation in media and memory. Violence in Breathitt County, during and after the Civil War, usually reflected what was going on elsewhere in Kentucky and the American South. In turn, the types of violence recorded there corresponded with discernible political scenarios.

The Kentucky Encyclopedia

See E.L. Noble, Bloody Breathitt's Feuds (Jackson, Ky., 1944). HENRY MAYER HARGIS-COCKRILL FEUD. One of the more prominent eastern Kentucky postbellum interfamily wars, the Hargis-Cockrill feud occurred between 1901 and 1912.

Author: John E. Kleber

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813159010

Category: History

Page: 1080

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The Kentucky Encyclopedia's 2,000-plus entries are the work of more than five hundred writers. Their subjects reflect all areas of the commonwealth and span the time from prehistoric settlement to today's headlines, recording Kentuckians' achievements in art, architecture, business, education, politics, religion, science, and sports. Biographical sketches portray all of Kentucky's governors and U.S. senators, as well as note congressmen and state and local politicians. Kentucky's impact on the national scene is registered in the lives of such figures as Carry Nation, Henry Clay, Louis Brandeis, and Alben Barkley. The commonwealth's high range from writers Harriette Arnow and Jesse Stuart, reformers Laura Clay and Mary Breckinridge, and civil rights leaders Whitney Young, Jr., and Georgia Powers, to sports figures Muhammad Ali and Adolph Rupp and entertainers Loretta Lynn, Merle Travis, and the Everly Brothers. Entries describe each county and county seat and each community with a population above 2,500. Broad overview articles examine such topics as agriculture, segregation, transportation, literature, and folklife. Frequently misunderstood aspects of Kentucky's history and culture are clarified and popular misconceptions corrected. The facts on such subjects as mint juleps, Fort Knox, Boone's coonskin cap, the Kentucky hot brown, and Morgan's Raiders will settle many an argument. For both the researcher and the more casual reader, this collection of facts and fancies about Kentucky and Kentuckians will be an invaluable resource.

Breathitt County

INTRODUCTION For more than a century , the county was known as “ Bloody Breathitt ” because of the thousands of murders and killings that took place in this remote section of the Appalachian foothills . Today things are much quieter ...

Author: Stephen D. Bowling

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 073858648X

Category: History

Page: 127

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Settled by English and Scotch-Irish descendants who ventured "over the mountains" in search of adventure, land, and fortune, Breathitt County, Kentucky, has produced interesting tales of beauty, progress, intrigue, and murder. "Bloody Breathitt" was the site of a long series of feuds that lasted from the early days of the "Cattle Wars" until the 1970s and beyond. Through the years, the city of Jackson and Breathitt County have experienced booms and busts centered on its natural resources, which included salt, timber, oil, and coal. Since its establishment on April 1, 1839, the county has been a place of educational opportunity through community schools, school districts, Lees College, and a vocational school. From its rugged mountain roots filled with feuds to a community working to embrace new technology and the reemergence of timber and coal industries, Breathitt County has always been in transition, and its continued growth must be grounded in a firm understanding of its past.

Reconstructing Appalachia

Quote from Noble, Bloody Breathitt, 2:26–27; The Tribune Almanac and Political Register, 1869, 83; 1870, 60; 1871, 65; 1872, 71; 1873, 60; 1875, 91. 60. Wm. M. Combs agst. Capt. William Strong, Wiley Amis and other defendants, ...

Author: Andrew L. Slap

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813139760

Category: History

Page: 390

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Families, communities, and the nation itself were irretrievably altered by the Civil War and the subsequent societal transformations of the nineteenth century. The repercussions of the war incited a broad range of unique problems in Appalachia, including political dynamics, racial prejudices, and the regional economy. Andrew L. Slap's anthology Reconstructing Appalachia reveals life in Appalachia after the ravages of the Civil War, an unexplored area that has left a void in historical literature. Addressing a gap in the chronicles of our nation, this vital collection explores little-known aspects of history with a particular focus on the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction periods. Acclaimed scholars John C. Inscoe, Gordon B. McKinney, and Ken Fones-Wolf are joined by up-and-comers like Mary Ella Engel, Anne E. Marshall, and Kyle Osborn in a unique volume of essays investigating postwar Appalachia with clarity and precision. Featuring a broad geographic focus, these compelling essays cover postwar events in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. This approach provides an intimate portrait of Appalachia as a diverse collection of communities where the values of place and family are of crucial importance. Highlighting a wide array of topics including racial reconciliation, tension between former Unionists and Confederates, the evolution of post–Civil War memory, and altered perceptions of race, gender, and economic status, Reconstructing Appalachia is a timely and essential study of a region rich in heritage and tradition.


1921 ) , 111 , and James W. Raine , The Land of Saddle - bags ( 1924 ) , 141-43 . 11. E. L. Noble , Bloody Breathitt's Feuds ( 4 vols . , 1936-47 ) , 3 : 8 , 15 ; New York Times , 5 May 1903 ; Lexington Herald , 7-8 February 1908 . 12.

Author: James C. Klotter

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0916968243

Category: History

Page: 424

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The first comprehensive history of Kentucky during the first half of the twentieth century, presenting a sweeping view of these crucial years when the forces of continuity and change competed for primacy in the state.

The Kentucky

New York, 1940. Noble, E.L. Bloody Breathitt (2 vols.). Jackson, Ky., 1936. Ord, George. Supplement to the American Ornithology of Alexander Wilson (5 vols.). Philadelphia, 1825. Osborne, Samuel D. The Dark and Bloody Ground: A History ...

Author: Thomas D. Clark

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813193854

Category: History

Page: 464

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From its origins in the Cumberland Mountains to its entry into the Ohio, the Kentucky River flows through two areas that have made Kentucky known throughout the world—the mountains in the eastern part of the state and the Bluegrass in its center. In The Kentucky, Thomas D. Clark paints a rich panorama of history and life along the river, peopled with the famous and infamous, ordinary folk and legendary characters. It is a canvas distinctly emblematic of the American experience. The Kentucky was first published in 1942 as part of the "Rivers of America" series and has long been out of print. Reissued in this new enlarged edition, it brings back to life a distinguished contribution to Kentuckiana and is itself a historical document. In his new conclusion for this edition, Dr. Clark discusses some of the tremendous changes that have taken place since the book's initial publication.

Kentucky s Famous Feuds and Tragedies

Several bloody feuds, innumerable assassinations, demoralized courts, the purchase with money of slayers, anarchy in its most atrocious and hideous forms—such has been the history of Breathitt County since the days of the Civil War.

Author: Chas. G Mutzenberg

Publisher: R. F. Fenno & Company


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 115

View: 508


Example in this ebook A brief review of the history of Kentuckians may assist the reader to understand why they, a kind, hospitable people to the stranger, have so long borne the reputation of ready fighters who often kill upon the slightest provocation, and deserve that reputation in a large measure. It is “bred in the bone” for a Kentuckian to quickly resent an insult or redress an injury. Long before the advent of the white man Kentucky, then Fincastle County, Virginia, had been the vast hunting grounds of the Cherokees, Creeks, Chickasaws and Catawbas of the South, and of the more hostile tribes of Shawnees, Delawares and Wyandots of the North. These tribes, when chance brought them together on their annual hunts, engaged in conflicts so instant, so fierce and pitiless that the territory became known as the Dark and Bloody Ground. It was indeed a hunter’s paradise. Dense forests covered the mountains. Cane brakes fringed the banks of numerous beautiful streams, while to the west lay immense undulating plains. Forest, cane brake and plain were literally alive with bear, deer and the buffalo; the woods teemed with innumerable squirrels, pheasants, wild turkeys and quail. The fame of this hunting ground had attracted bold and adventurous hunters long before Daniel Boone looked upon one of the most beautiful regions in the world from the crest of Cumberland Mountain. These hunters, upon their return home, gave glowing accounts of the richness and fertility of the new country, and excited powerfully the curiosity and imagination of the frontier backwoodsmen east of the Alleghenies and of North Carolina. To the hardy adventurers the lonely wilderness, with its many dangers, presented attractions not to be found in the confinement and enfeebling inactivities of the towns and little settlements. Daniel Boone visited the new territory. He found that the descriptions he had received of it were by no means exaggerations, and decided to remove thither with his family. After some delay amid many difficulties the first white settlement, Harrodstown (Harrodsburg) was established. Within a few years other stations sprang into existence and population increased with amazing rapidity. Immigrants crossing the Cumberland mountains settled in the eastern and central parts of Kentucky, while those traveling down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, generally located in the northern, western and southern portions of the state. This invasion by the white man was not accomplished, however, without long-continued, bloody struggles with the savages. To maintain the slender foothold Boone and his companions had gained, required great courage and tenacity of purpose. The man who shivered at the winter’s blast, or trembled at every noise, the origin of which he did not understand, was not known among those hardy settlers with nerves of iron and sinews of steel, who were accustomed from earliest childhood to absolute self-dependence and inured to exposure and dangers of every sort. Man in this connection must include the pioneer women who by their heroism illustrated their utter contempt of danger, and an insensibility to terrors which would palsy the nerves of men reared in the peaceful security of densely populated communities. Even children of tender years exhibited a courage and self-composure under trying circumstances that at this day seem unbelievable. To be continue in this ebook

Blood in the Hills

26 Over the following years, Redwine's “Bloody Breathitt” origins obscured all other details of his role in Goebel's ascendancy.27 But the selection of an obscure circuit court judge from an isolated, notorious county proved masterful.

Author: Bruce Stewart

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813134277

Category: History

Page: 412

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To many antebellum Americans, Appalachia was a frightening wilderness of lawlessness, peril, robbers, and hidden dangers. The extensive media coverage of horse stealing and scalping raids profiled the regionÕs residents as intrinsically violent. After the Civil War, this characterization continued to permeate perceptions of the area and news of the conflict between the Hatfields and the McCoys, as well as the bloodshed associated with the coal labor strikes, cemented AppalachiaÕs violent reputation. Blood in the Hills: A History of Violence in Appalachia provides an in-depth historical analysis of hostility in the region from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Editor Bruce E. Stewart discusses aspects of the Appalachian violence culture, examining skirmishes with the native population, conflicts resulting from the regionÕs rapid modernization, and violence as a function of social control. The contributors also address geographical isolation and ethnicity, kinship, gender, class, and race with the purpose of shedding light on an often-stereotyped regional past. Blood in the Hills does not attempt to apologize for the region but uses detailed research and analysis to explain it, delving into the social and political factors that have defined Appalachia throughout its violent history.

Days of Darkness

... mob had taken the cursing , struggling Hen Kilburn and hanged him during the bloody Breathitt County feud . Some reporters estimated that three thousand people were crowded into the square , but Tom seemed The Woman in the Case 89.

Author: John Pearce

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813118743

Category: History

Page: 227

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" Among the darkest corners of Kentucky’s past are the grisly feuds that tore apart the hills of Eastern Kentucky from the late nineteenth century until well into the twentieth. Now, from the tangled threads of conflicting testimony, John Ed Pearce, Kentucky’s best known journalist, weaves engrossing accounts of six of the most notorior accounts to uncover what really happened and why. His story of those days of darkness brings to light new evidence, questions commonly held beliefs about the feuds, and us and long-running feuds—those in Breathitt, Clay Harlan, Perry, Pike, and Rowan counties. What caused the feuds that left Kentucky with its lingering reputation for violence? Who were the feudists, and what forces—social, political, financial—hurled them at each other? Did Big Jim Howard really kill Governor William Goebel? Did Joe Eversole die trying to protect small mountain landowners from ruthless Eastern mineral exploiters? Did the Hatfield-McCoy fight start over a hog? For years, Pearce has interviewed descendants of feuding families and examined skimpy court records and often fictional newspapeputs to rest some of the more popular legends.

Rx Appalachia

Hutton, Bloody Breathitt; Barbara Ellen Smith, “Another Place Is Possible? Labor Geography, Spatial Dispossession, and Gendered Resistance in Central Appalachia,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105, no.

Author: Lesly-Marie Buer

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 9781642592078

Category: Social Science

Page: 177

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“Riveting . . . A necessary book for those seeking to understand the opioid crisis and the broader political economy of which it is part.” —Jessica Wilkerson, author of To Live Here, You Have to Fight Prescription opioids are associated with rising rates of overdose deaths and hepatitis C and HIV infection in the US, including in rural Central Appalachia. Yet, despite extensive media attention, there is a dearth of studies examining rural opioid use. Challenging popular understandings of Appalachia spread by such pundits as JD Vance, Rx Appalachia documents how women, families, and communities cope with generational systems of oppression. Using the narratives of women who use or have used drugs, RX Appalachia explores the gendered inequalities that situate women’s encounters with substance abuse treatment as well as additional state interventions targeted at them in one of the most impoverished regions in the United States.

Mitch Please

Breathitt. County. Bloody BreathittBloody Breathitt” County has an outlaw history of mountain feuds, vengeance, and justice that would rival any script that Hollywood could produce. (The one it did, the 1997 action flick Fire Down ...

Author: Matt Jones

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781982142049

Category: Political Science

Page: 512

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER From the founder of Kentucky Sports Radio and attorney Matt Jones, a withering, humorous look at how Mitch McConnell has been bad for Kentucky—and why he needs to be voted out in 2020. They say all politics is local. In 2020, Mitch McConnell will have served five full terms as a US Senator. Thirty years. The Senate Majority leader’s power is as undeniable as it is infuriating, and the people of Kentucky have had enough. Led by Matt Jones, they (and they alone) have the power to oust him from office. How did Jones, a local boy turned attorney turned sports radio host come to shine the brightest light on McConnell’s ineptitude? Simple—he knows Kentucky inside and out, and has used the state’s love of sports as an entry point for showcasing how McConnell has failed his fellow citizens both economically and socially for three decades. Entertaining, maddening, yet ultimately inspiring, these stories from Kentuckians in each of its 120 counties illustrate the Senate Majority leader’s stunning shortcomings. Jones infuses his trademark wit and wisdom throughout, while also offering a beautiful portrait of a state with arguably the most untapped potential in our country. Ultimately, the white-hot hatred for McConnell on the coasts is just white noise. Only the people of Kentucky can remove him from office. Here, Matt Jones demonstrates he has the influence, charisma, and institutional knowledge to lead the charge. He and his fellow Kentuckians have had enough—and they’re ready for a fight.

Come Hither to Go Yonder

Bloody Breathitt Bill Monroe's Sixth Annual Kentucky Bluegrass Festival ( August 8-10 , 1975 ) was held in a little hollow in the hills of Breathitt County , Kentucky , near the town of Jackson . I drove Bill's flatbed truck to the ...

Author: Bob Black

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 025207243X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 188

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Bob Black was a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in the 1970s. Black's memoir of his time with the man he called the Chief offers the unique vantage point of a man who traveled and performed extensively with the Father of Bluegrass at a time when the music had opened up to new audiences--and Monroe had become a living legend. Both role model and taskmaster, Monroe exerted a profound influence on Black and the musicians who have carried on the bluegrass tradition. In addition to Black's one-of-a-kind story, Come Hither to Go Yonder includes complete listing of Black's appearances with Monroe, recollections of the memorable experiences they shared while working together, descriptions of other important musicians and bands, and suggestions for further reading and listening. Offering a rare perspective on the creative forces that drove one of America's greatest composers and musical innovators, Come Hither to Go Yonder rewards fans of Bill Monroe and bluegrass while offering an insider's view of a crucial time in the music's history.

Kentucky s Last Frontier

55 These early Breathitt and Perry County families , of good stock , enterprising and energetic , virile and ... The county really earned the name “ Bloody Breathitt ” between the years 1899 and 1910 when the Hargis - Cockrell feud was ...

Author: Henry P. Scalf

Publisher: The Overmountain Press

ISBN: 1570721653

Category: History

Page: 565

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Presents the history of the exploration, settlement, and development of the vast mountain empire encompassed by several eastern Kentucky counties that pays attention to Civil War sites in the area.

Literacy in the Mountains

T. R. C. Hutton, Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015), 1, 4. 17. Hutton, Bloody Breathitt. 18. Brandt, “Sponsors of Literacy,” 166. 2.

Author: Samantha NeCamp

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813178882

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 146

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After the 2016 presidential election, popular media branded Appalachia as "Trump Country," decrying its inhabitants as ignorant fearmongers voting against their own interests. And since the 1880s, there have been many, including travel writers and absentee landowners, who have framed mountain people as uneducated and hostile. These stereotypes ultimately ward off potential investments in the region's educational system and skew how students understand themselves and the place they call home. Attacking these misrepresentations head on, Literacy in the Mountains: Community, Newspapers, and Writing in Appalachia reclaims the long history of literacy in the Appalachian region. Focusing on five Kentucky newspapers printed between 1885 and 1920, Samantha NeCamp explores the complex ways readers in the mountains negotiated their local and national circumstances through editorials, advertisements, and correspondence. In local newspapers, community action groups announced meeting times and philanthropists raised funds for a network of hitherto unknown private schools. Preserved in print, these stories and others reveal an engaged citizenry specifically concerned with education. Combining literacy and journalism studies, NeCamp demonstrates that Appalachians are not -- and never have been -- an illiterate, isolated people.

Smoky Mountain Voices

1928) (J 2:480). bloody Breathitt: [n. phr., the county in E. Ky. that was the scene of family feuds] The outbreak of another feud in “bloody Breathitt” (B 12). bloody flux: ...

Author: Harold F. Farwell

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813183947

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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A stingy man "won't drink branch water till there's a flood," and it is "a mighty triflin' sort o' man'd let either his dog or his woman starve." Some places are "so crowded you couldn't cuss a cat without gettin' fur in your mouth." For almost thirty years Horace Kephart collected sayings like these from his neighbors and friends in the area around Bryson City, North Carolina. Kephart, a librarian with an interest in languages and in the American Frontier, left his career and his family in midlife to settle in what was at the turn of the century the wilds of the Great Smokey Mountains. An assiduous collector and observer, he compiled twenty-six journals of notes on the folkways and speech of the Southern Appalachians at a time when the region was still largely isolated. Smokey Mountain Voices is a dictionary of Southern Appalachian speech based on Kephart's journals and publications; it is also a compendium of mountain lore. Harold Farwell and J. Karl Nicholas have compiled not only quaint and peculiar words, but jokes and comic exchanges. Many of the "ordinary" words that comprised an important part of the language of the mountaineers are preserved here thanks to Kephart's meticulous collecting. The editors have incorporated the original quotations with Kephart's definitions and explanations to create a rich source for the study of southern mountain speech. And within the echoes of these Smokey Mountain voices exists some of the joy and fullness of life that Horace Kephart shared and recorded. Smoky Mountain Voices will be of interest to dialectologists, historians of American English, students of regional literature, scholars of folk life, and laypersons interested in Southern Appalachia.