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 lots of in the United States those symbolize Arkansas greater than any Arkansas good fortune tales do. In 1931 H. L. Mencken defined AR (not AK, fogeys) because the “apex of moronia.” whereas, in 1942 a Time journal article acknowledged Arkansas had “developed a mass inferiority advanced particular in American history.” 
Arkansas/Arkansaw is the 1st booklet to give an explanation for how Arkansas’s picture started and the way the preferred tradition stereotypes were perpetuated and adjusted via succeeding generations. Brooks Blevins argues that the picture has now not continually been a foul one. He discusses go back and forth money owed, literature, radio courses, videos, and tv indicates that provide a really confident picture of the usual kingdom. From territorial money owed 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 unique and insightful travel via greater than centuries of the assumption of Arkansas. One discovers alongside the way in which how one country turns into concurrently a punch line and a resource of admiration for progressives and social critics alike.

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