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‘Bloody Breathitt’

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Article Published: Oct. 3, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 11, 2013
‘Bloody Breathitt’


While feuding in Appalachia still defines the region for many outside the mountains, few have actually learned the reality behind the legends and stereotypes.

If you are interested in hearing the historical truth behind one of the bloodiest regions of Kentucky, come to Lees-McRae College Oct. 10 to hear Dr. Bob Hutton present a lecture, based on his recently published book, “Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South.”

This lecture is presented by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia and is free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library, Hutton will present the reality behind the feuding myth. While many were killed in Breathitt County, often politically motivated slayings were cast as the results of feuds to muddy the truth. Hutton’s meticulous research has uncovered the true facts of this complex American story.

“Bloody Breathitt is a fascinating and important contribution to the historiography of modern Kentucky, the Civil War era, and regional identity and memory,” writes W. Fitzhugh Brundage, editor of “Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930.” “Hutton understands the significance of his project and tackles it with brio.”

Hutton did his undergraduate work in history at Appalachian State University, where he also earned his M.A., and he received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt. He now teaches U.S. history, history of the New South and history of Appalachia at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Hutton’s work on Breathitt County, Ky., illuminates an important aspect of Southern Appalachian history and places regional events into the larger national context.

“We look forward to Dr. Hutton’s program,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae. “His close examination of this one county reveals much about the difficult times in Southern Appalachia from the Civil War to the early 20th century. We invite everyone to join us for his fascinating lecture.”

The Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Hutton’s lecture will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library on the Lees-McRae campus in Banner Elk. For information, call Megan Hall at (828) 898-8729. For more information on Lees-McRae College, visit http://www.lmc.edu.

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Dr. Bob Hutton will present a lecture Oct. 10 at Lees-McRae College’s Stephenson Center for Appalachia.
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