In January 1972, about two dozen women walked up a muddy road to occupy a surface mine site above Clear Creek in Knott County. Photo by Robert Newton Cooper
In January 1972, about two dozen women walked up a muddy road to occupy a surface mine site above Clear Creek in Knott County. Photo by Robert Newton Cooper
In January 1972, about two dozen women walked up a muddy road to occupy a surface mine site above Clear Creek in Knott County. Photo by Robert Newton Cooper

Chapter 7: Bombs and bullets in Clear Creek

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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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