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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, sluggish trains, naked toes, 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, fogeys) because the “apex of moronia.” whereas, in 1942 a Time journal article acknowledged Arkansas had “developed a mass inferiority complicated distinctive in American history.” 
Arkansas/Arkansaw is the 1st publication to provide an explanation for how Arkansas’s picture started and the way the preferred tradition stereotypes were perpetuated and changed via succeeding generations. Brooks Blevins argues that the picture has no longer regularly been a nasty one. He discusses commute bills, literature, radio courses, video clips, and tv exhibits that supply a truly optimistic picture of the common country. 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 wonderful and insightful travel via greater than centuries of the assumption of Arkansas. One discovers alongside the best way how one kingdom turns into concurrently a punch line and a resource of admiration for progressives and social critics alike.

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