By Brooks Blevins

Winner, 2011 Ragsdale Award

What do Scott Joplin, John Grisham, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Maya Angelou, Brooks Robinson, Helen Gurley Brown, Johnny funds, Alan Ladd, and Sonny Boy Williamson have in universal? They’re all Arkansans. What do hillbillies, rednecks, gradual trains, naked ft, moonshine, and double-wides have in universal? for lots of in the United States those signify 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 complicated specific in American history.” 
Arkansas/Arkansaw is the 1st publication to give an explanation for how Arkansas’s photograph begun and the way the preferred tradition stereotypes were perpetuated and changed via succeeding generations. Brooks Blevins argues that the picture has no longer continually been a nasty one. He discusses go back and forth debts, literature, radio courses, videos, and tv indicates that provide a truly confident snapshot of the usual country. 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 exciting and insightful travel via greater than centuries of the belief of Arkansas. One discovers alongside the best way how one country turns into concurrently a punch line and a resource of admiration for progressives and social critics alike.

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