Kathy Howell of Inez and her family — her husband, a grown daughter and six grandchildren — get by on disability ­payments and food stamps. With her in August were grandkids Caleb ­Savage, 7, left; Corey Savage, 10, and Gabby Marcum, 6. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Kathy Howell of Inez and her family — her husband, a grown daughter and six grandchildren — get by on disability ­payments and food stamps. With her in August were grandkids Caleb ­Savage, 7, left; Corey Savage, 10, and Gabby Marcum, 6. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader
Kathy Howell of Inez and her family — her husband, a grown daughter and six grandchildren — get by on disability ­payments and food stamps. With her in August were grandkids Caleb ­Savage, 7, left; Corey Savage, 10, and Gabby Marcum, 6. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Chapter 11: ‘A lot of people here have just given up’

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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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