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Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South

T.R.C. Hutton


This book uses the history of Breathitt County, Kentucky, to examine political violence in the United States and its interpretation in media and memory. From the 1870s until the early twentieth century, Breathitt County was considered a hotbed of interpersonal, or interfamilial, “feud” violence—a tendency that Americans associate with preindustrial “primitive” populations outside of their society as well as with their native “mountain white” population of Appalachia. Violence in Breathitt County, during and after the Civil War, usually reflected what was going on elsewhere in Kentucky and the ... More

Keywords: violence, feuds, Breathitt County, Kentucky, U.S. South, Appalachia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813136462
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813136462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T.R.C. Hutton, author