The Hatfields and The McCoy’s II, Got to Watch It Finally.


I will stick by my phrase, get revenge in a book.  It helped to watch the two hour documentary before the series, so I spent the equivalent of a work day yesterday watching things Hatfield and McCoy.

My friend Paul watched it during the week and he was right.  Much of it was depressing.

The history buff in me was fascinated, otherwise, what would make a feud in an isolated Appalachian corner so interesting to the rest of the country.

Here is some more information about the region.

http://www.matewan.com/History/HM%20story.htm

This is my take on what I saw and read.

The two families were intertwined, no matter what.  Anse Hatfield’s family was the better off of the two.

I can only guess, but I wonder if Randall McCoy suffered from PTSD in the Union Army Prisoner of War camp.  Anse Hatfield was the more practical man, going home from the American Civil War to protect his family and build his lumber business.  The rest were subsistence farmers. Why the theft of the pig was such a big deal.

The fascination with the feud to outsiders seems to be the fact that two states, Kentucky and West Virginia were involved (I’ve never been in Kentucky, but have driven through West Virginia).  Rugged terrain.  Hard to farm and earn a living.  Have to be tough and accustomed to privation to live up there.

Then the outside world and the railroad came in.

It seems in the end, Randall McCoy lost everything.  Anse Hatfield came out ahead.  He just wanted to build a business and take care of his family.

I leave you with another good blog I found.

http://appalachianlady.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/johnse-and-roseanna/

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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2 Responses to The Hatfields and The McCoy’s II, Got to Watch It Finally.

  1. Andre Brillon says:

    Thanks for the blog Mike! I loved the mini series and this adds so much to it!

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