The famous feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has become the rage again following a blockbuster TV miniseries, but CBS SUNDAY MORNING correspondent Rita Braver reports the battle wasn’t discussed much in their descendants’ homes.
On this weekend’s CBS SUNDAY MORNING, Braver travels to West Virginia to see how the families are handling the renewed attention. In some homes, she learns, the feud was too sensitive to discuss.
As descendant Jimmy McCoy Wolford tells Braver, “Our grandfather said our hide is on the fence if you talk about it.”
But that hasn’t stopped everyone else from talking about it. The family-against-family, neighbor-against-neighbor battle started in 1865 when Asa Harmon McCoy was murdered by some of the Hatfields and has become part of the American lexicon. Recently, a dramatic TV recreation of the dispute generated record cable ratings.
“You’ve got amazing characters doing unbelievable things on a Shakespearean scale,” historian Bill Richardson tells Braver. “You’ve got a love story. You’ve got murders. You’ve got the Civil War. It just keeps on giving.”
Braver’s full report will air June 10 on CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD (9:00-10:30 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.
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