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Arkansas/Arkansaw is the first book to explain how Arkansas’s image began and how the popular culture stereotypes have been perpetuated and altered through succeeding generations. Brooks Blevins argues that the image has not always been a bad one. He discusses travel accounts, literature, radio programs, movies, and television shows that give a very positive image of the Natural State. From territorial accounts of the Creole inhabitants of the Mississippi River Valley to national derision of the state’s triple-wide governor’s mansion to Li’l Abner, the Beverly Hillbillies, and Slingblade, Blevins leads readers on an entertaining and insightful tour through more than two centuries of the idea of Arkansas. One discovers along the way how one state becomes simultaneously a punch line and a source of admiration for progressives and social critics alike.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. 1. Creating the Bear State
  2. pp. 11-36
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  1. Why Arkansas?
  2. pp. 37-42
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  1. 2. Aboard the Arkansaw Train
  2. pp. 43-64
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  1. This Hillbilly State of Mine
  2. pp. 65-70
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  1. 3. Heyday of the Hillbilly
  2. pp. 71-118
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  1. Getting DefensiveCharles
  2. pp. 119-136
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  1. 4. All Roads Lead to Bubba
  2. pp. 137-184
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 185-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-220
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 221-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-242
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610750424
Print ISBN
9781557289520
MARC Record
OCLC
769187853
Pages
250
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
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