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The Feud:The Hatfields & McCoys, the True Story

Dean King

Historian Dean King dispels many of the myths surrounding the blood feud that raged between two Appalachian families, the Hatfields and the McCoys, from 1865 to 1890. Contrary to popular belief, both families were influential landowners who intermarried and worked side-by-side for decades. But when the Civil War came, family members were forced to choose sides, and a suspected Hatfield killing of a Union McCoy soldier (as well as a stolen hog and a star-crossed romance) began the cycle of violence that left 13 family members dead. For fans of the History Channel’s recent TV miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys.