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Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good by Brooks Blevins

By Brooks Blevins

Winner, 2011 Ragsdale Award

What do Scott Joplin, John Grisham, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Maya Angelou, Brooks Robinson, Helen Gurley Brown, Johnny money, Alan Ladd, and Sonny Boy Williamson have in universal? They’re all Arkansans. What do hillbillies, rednecks, sluggish trains, naked ft, moonshine, and double-wides have in universal? for plenty of in the US those signify Arkansas greater than any Arkansas luck tales do. In 1931 H. L. Mencken defined AR (not AK, parents) because the “apex of moronia.” whereas, in 1942 a Time journal article stated Arkansas had “developed a mass inferiority complicated targeted in American history.” 
Arkansas/Arkansaw is the 1st booklet to provide an explanation for how Arkansas’s photograph started and the way the preferred tradition stereotypes were perpetuated and adjusted via succeeding generations. Brooks Blevins argues that the picture has no longer regularly been a nasty one. He discusses commute money owed, literature, radio courses, videos, and tv exhibits that provide a really confident snapshot of the average kingdom. From territorial bills of the Creole population of the Mississippi River Valley to nationwide derision of the state’s triple-wide governor’s mansion to Li’l Abner, the Beverly Hillbillies, and Slingblade, Blevins leads readers on an enjoyable and insightful journey via greater than centuries of the assumption of Arkansas. One discovers alongside the way in which how one kingdom turns into at the same time a punch line and a resource of admiration for progressives and social critics alike.

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