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Tom Dotson

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

I am sure that many intelligent readers of feud books wonder, as I did for several decades, why people believe the cartoonish feud yarns. more

Sep 29, 2015 4:56 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited 1 Comments

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Jun 29, 2015 4:57 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

As this series is proving, much of the feud story is illogical, impossible or downright ludicrous. A surprising amount of it is also in clear conflict with official public records. more

Feb 24, 2015 10:46 AM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Many fables posing as “Feud history” begin with a few basic premises. Chief among these is the claim that the Tug Valley in the 1870’s-‘80’s was a lawless place. But court records for Pike and Logan Counties refute this contention entirely. more

Oct 27, 2014 4:22 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

By Tom Dotson, author of "The Hatfields & McCoys after Kevin Costner: Rescuing History." more

Jul 1, 2014 1:50 PM Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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