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Arkansans fought back when outsiders interfered

Posted: October 29, 2017 at 1 a.m.

A common belief holds that our rural ancestors, especially in the upland regions such as the Ozarks, lived happily in primitive little worlds independent of the larger society. And, while there is a grain of truth in this generalization, settlers on the Arkansas frontier found themselves inextricably bound to the larger national and regional economy, government and culture. How Ozarkers reacted and reluctantly adjusted to being part of the national scene is the subject of Hillbilly Hellraisers, a fine new book by an up-and-coming young Arkansas historian, assistant professor Blake Perkins of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.

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