Harry Caudill, right, accepted an honorary degree at the University of Kentucky in 1971. In 1977, Caudill was appointed a full professor at UK.
Harry Caudill, right, accepted an honorary degree at the University of Kentucky in 1971. In 1977, Caudill was appointed a full professor at UK. University of Kentucky Special Collections
Harry Caudill, right, accepted an honorary degree at the University of Kentucky in 1971. In 1977, Caudill was appointed a full professor at UK. University of Kentucky Special Collections

Chapter 5: Harry Caudill inspired the War on Poverty, but gloom darkens his legacy

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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.

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