Fifty Years of Night

December 19, 2012 2:00 AM

Chapter 3: The world comes to Whitesburg to take Harry Caudill's 'poverty tour'

No Kentucky book ever brought the state more attention or more firmly established its image in the eyes of outsiders than Harry Caudill's "Night Comes to the Cumberlands." It was a story of exploitation — of outside corporations buying Appalachian timber and coal for chump change from unwitting natives, extracting everything of value from the Cumberland Plateau and leaving a ravaged landscape and a penniless people.

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