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Re: The 1885 Jones-Wright Feud
Posted by: edward smythe (ID *****4541) Date: April 03, 2008 at 18:22:20
In Reply to: Re: The 1885 Jones-Wright Feud by Jerry Price of 1518

This book doesn't make heros out of thugs. Anyone who takes the time to read this book will see this. I would encourge anyone to read this book and decide for themselves. The contents of the book are mostly newspaper accounts, documents, letters, and recorded eyewitness accounts from that time. None of these records have been altered or distorted in any way and are reproduced accurately. At least 90 percent of what is shown has not been seen in more than a century. The book is slightly more than 400 pages long.
Besides the excellent in-depth and detailed research done by Nancy Wright Bays, Patty Breshear and Nancy Clark Hughes (formerly Brown) over many decades, several professional researchers were hired to research the National Archives as well as numerous other sources of records. Every effort was made to accurately reprint these records or the content of these records.
Before this book there was no real history written of the 1885 Jones-Wright feud, only accounts written by Clabe Jones and Talt Hall. This account is extensively researched and documented. A great deal was discovered that wasn't known before and much more insight into the causes of the feud was made as well. Actual eyewitness accounts of what happened in the feud were found that had not been seen for more than 100 years, and the details of these accounts were faithfully and accurately reproduced in the book.
The contents of this account clearly shows what both sides of this feud were involved in and neither group was idealized in the least. Certainly none of them were made into heros. If anything a great deal of illegal activity is revealed by indiciduals on both sides of this feud.
It is easy for anyone to make blanket statements condemning a book, but in this case there is nothing to support the claims or statements made by Mr. Price. At any rate I think that anyone interested in this feud should read the book and decide for themselves. As a group we do not wish to force any point of view on anyone, we only wish to uncover as accurately as possible the details of the 1885 Jones-Wright feud that occurred in 1885. I think our group has done an excellent job at doing this and I am proud of the work we have done and I am honored to have had the privilege to have worked with Nancy Wright Bays, Patty Breshear and Nancy Clark Hughes.

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