Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with J. Boyd Hudson, January 15, 1982

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:08 - The Night Riders / joining the Night Riders

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Partial Transcript: -----------(??) know I heared a lot of talk in those...

Segment Synopsis: Hudson shares his memories of the Night Riders, mentioning when he joined the group.
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Keywords: Between the Rivers (Ky.); Doctors; Dr. Champion; Dr. Chapman; Raids; The Association

Subjects: Black Patch War, 1906-1909; Eddyville (Ky.); Night Riders (Group)

GPS: Eddyville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.086406,-88.080311
00:07:53 - Murders attributed to the Night Riders

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember when the soldiers came?

Segment Synopsis: Hudson describes some of the murders that were attributed to the Night Riders, but were actually committed by others.
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[contains some racially offensive language]

Keywords: Crime; Crimes; Death; House burnings; Houses; Murders; Shootings

Subjects: African Americans; Night Riders (Group)

00:12:26 - Working at an iron furnace

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Partial Transcript: Well what about Dr. Champion, do you think he was concerned about tobacco, or other...

Segment Synopsis: Hudson talks about his job working at a furnace.
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Keywords: Iron; Iron furnaces; Iron industry

Subjects: Employment; Forest products industry; Furnaces; Iron; Timber--Kentucky

00:18:49 - Farming / fellow Night Riders / helping other community members

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Partial Transcript: Were your parents farmers?

Segment Synopsis: Hudson talks about his years farming and hauling coal. He discusses the men who first suggested that he join the Night Riders. He also shares how people in his community took care of their neighbors when they were ill.
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[contains some racially offensive language]

Keywords: Bread; Coal; Coal hauling; Communities; Corn; Doctors; Dr. Champion; Farm work; Hay; Lard; Meat; Money; Neighbors; Work; Working

Subjects: African Americans; Employment; Farming; Helping behavior; Night Riders (Group); Tobacco

00:24:02 - Society's loss of respect / positive view of the Night Riders

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Partial Transcript: You think some people took advantage of this? Was that how they were able to get by without working?

Segment Synopsis: Hudson talks briefly about people who take advantage of their neighbors' generosity. He states his opinion that people are much less respectful now (1982) than they once were. He sums up his positive recollections of the Night Riders. The interview is concluded.
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Keywords: Friends; Grandchildren; Respect; Work; Working

Subjects: Night Riders (Group); Tobacco