Night Comes to the Cumberlands Author:Harry M. Caudill In Night Comes to the Cumberland author Harry M. Caudill focuses on the terrible social sor or squalor, ignorance and demoralization among the inhabitants of the Cumberland region of easter KY, The ugly practices of coal mining plundered the hills, leaving the natives jobless and hopeless among refuse-clogged streams, sterile fields, and abandon... more »ed "company towns". And these shocking conditions prevail in the Cumberlands even today (remember this was written in the early 1960's).
Harry. M. Caudill is well qualified to speak on the subject. His ancestors have been in the Cumberlands since 1792, and he has spent six years in the KY House of Representatives struggling for conservation legislation, improved school financing, and improved administration.
"Harry M Caudill's highly readable NIGHT COMES to the CUMBERLANDS is the story of how this rich and beautiful land was changed into an ugly, poverty-ridden place of desolation, peopled mainly by the broken in spirit and body, the illiterate, the destitute and morally corroded"
-Harriette Simson Arnow NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW« less