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American Vendetta: A Story of Barbarism in the United States

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American Vendetta is a harrowing and thought-provoking account of the brutal violence and savagery that existed within the United States during the early 20th century. Theron Clark Crawford meticulously researched and detailed the shocking true story of a small town torn apart by lawlessness, corruption, and revenge.

The author's vivid descriptions of the characters and events in American Vendetta will leave readers feeling both horrified and captivated. From the corrupt sheriff to the vengeful mob seeking justice, each individual's motivations and actions are laid bare for all to see.

Throughout the book, Crawford skillfully weaves together historical facts with a gripping narrative, painting a vivid picture of the dark underbelly of American society. The tension and suspense build steadily as the story unfolds, leading to a thrilling climax that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Overall, American Vendetta is a powerful and compelling read that sheds light on a little-known chapter of American history. Theron Clark Crawford has crafted a gripping tale of violence, justice, and revenge that will leave a lasting impact on readers long after they have turned the final page.

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The phrase "The Hatfields and McCoys" conjures up images of feudal warfare and Appalachian backwardness even to this day. This is a sensationalized account of the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys along the mountainous border of Kentucky and West Virginia in the late 1800s. At the height of the feud in 1888, yellow journalist T. C. Crawford interviewed Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield in person at his headquarters in West Virginia. Crawford's stories were serialized in a New York newspaper and later published in book form.

The accounts of the Hatfields and McCoys led to the still-common, unfair stereotype of the ignorant, backward, trigger-happy mountaineer. While the violence in the Wild West was romanticized, the violence in the Appalachians was vilified and exaggerated. The resulting sentiment was that the mountain folk needed civilizing, which the railroad and coal mining capitalists were eager to provide . . . in exchange for their land, autonomy, and generally happy way of life.

NOTE: There are two chapters named "Chapter III" and no Chapter V in this book. The two chapter 3s have been labeled as Chapter IIIa and IIIb.

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