Harry Caudill and his wife, Anne, at their home in Whitesburg in July 1963. His first book, Night Comes to the Cumberlands, was published that month.
Harry Caudill and his wife, Anne, at their home in Whitesburg in July 1963. His first book, Night Comes to the Cumberlands, was published that month. The Courier-Journal
Harry Caudill and his wife, Anne, at their home in Whitesburg in July 1963. His first book, Night Comes to the Cumberlands, was published that month. The Courier-Journal

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50 Years of Night

In 1963, Harry Caudill of Whitesburg published “Night Comes to the Cumberlands: A Biography of a Depressed Area,” which shone a spotlight on the plundering of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The book forever changed Appalachia. On the eve of the book’s 50th anniversary, the Lexington Herald-Leader launched a yearlong look at the region’s struggles since Night was published.