Van Lear, Kentucky, may be one of the most-celebrated coal-mining towns in the Southern Appalachians. It grew so big, so quickly, that one newspaperman called it "the overnight city," but when Consolidation Coal Company sold the town in the 1940s, its status faded almost overnight.
The Overnight City: The Life and Times and Van Lear, Kentucky, 1908-1947, uses contemporary newspaper accounts to create a portrait of a proud and self-reliant community from the days before World War I through Prohibition and the Great Depression to World War II.
The Overnight City gives readers a glimpse into ordinary life during an extraordinary period of the early 20th century.
About the author
Clyde Roy Pack is the author of several books of Appalachian life and folklore, including Muddy Branch and Pretty Babies Grow Up Ugly.
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