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Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks - Working Class in American History (Hardback)
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Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks - Working Class in American History (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 11/09/2017
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J. Blake Perkins searches for the roots of rural defiance in the Ozarks--and discovers how it changed over time. Eschewing generalities, Perkins focuses on the experiences and attitudes of rural people themselves as they interacted with government in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He uncovers the reasons local disputes and uneven access to government power fostered markedly different reactions by hill people as time went by. Resistance in the earlier period sprang from upland small farmers' conflicts with capitalist elites who held the local levers of federal power. But as industry and agribusiness displaced family farms after World War II, a conservative cohort of town business elites, local political officials, and Midwestern immigrants arose from the region's new low-wage, union-averse economy. As Perkins argues, this modern anti-government conservatism bore little resemblance to the populist backcountry populism of an earlier age but had much in common with the movement elsewhere.

Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252041372
Number of pages: 296
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Hillbilly Hellraisers challenges the seemingly uncontroversial claim that antigovernment sentiment has enjoyed exception continuity among rural working-class Americans." --Journal of Appalachian Studies

"Perkins produces an engaging political history of the communities in the Ozark Mountain region of northwest Arkansas. . . . While steeped in local history, this book also provides insights into how rural people react to federalism. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice
"This is a very good book about the roots of resistance and rebellion in the Arkansas Ozarks in response to federal government attempts to effect social and economic change in the region from the late 19th to the early 21st century. . . . Highly recommended."--OzarksWatch
"Perkins has meticulously researched the development of populism and the resulting defiance of the yeomanry of the Arkansas Ozarks. . . . By avoiding generalities, the author breaks through easy stereotypes to arrive at the specific circumstances that led to the development of the conservative Ozarker mindset." --Kansas History
"Hillbilly Hellraisers represents an important contribution to rural history and a valuable narrative of those who struggled to confront the changes that reshaped the region. It's strongest moments derive from the individual stories of those who sought to hold on to their farms and their traditional modes of living."--Arkansas Review

"This is an important book, one that fills a much-needed historiographic niche, and one that opens the door for further study into the political culture of not only the Arkansas Ozarks, but rural America as a whole."--Elder Mountain: Journal of Ozark Studies

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