Brooks Blevins tells the cultural history of the Ozarks as a regional variation of an American story. As he shows, the experiences of the Ozarkers have not diverged from the currents of mainstream life as sharply or consistently as the mythmakers would have it. If much of the region seemed to trail behind by a generation, the time lag was rooted more in poverty and geographic barriers than a conscious rejection of the modern world and its progressive spirit. In fact, the minority who clung to the old days seemed exotic largely because their anachronistic ways clashed against the backdrop of the evolving region around them. Blevins explores how these people’s disproportionate influence affected the creation of the idea of the Ozarks, and reveals the truer idea that exists at the intersection of myth and reality.
The conclusion to the acclaimed trilogy, The History of the Ozarks, Volume 3: The Ozarkers offers an authoritative appraisal of the modern Ozarks and its people.
Praise for Past Volumes:
"A well-researched and detailed account of the violent life of the Ozarks during and after the Civil War." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Blevins draws on an impressive array of sources to craft a deeply researched story that he tells with insight and verve. . . . The end result is a significant contribution that surely will serve as the standard telling of the era for many years to come." --Arkansas Historical Quarterly
"With a detailed and captivating narrative, Blevins strategically inserts scholarly research to underscore his points. . . . Civil War historians and regional scholars alike will enjoy his second volume on the history of the Ozarks." --Journal of Southern History
"A History of the Ozarks will undoubtedly become the standard history of that upland region for years to come." --Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley Since I live in the Ozarks this was very informative and I really enjoyed the history of the land.
A History of the Ozarks, Volume 3, by Brooks Blevins was received directly from the publisher and I chose to review it. This is the third of a series of books about the Ozark Mountain region of northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri. I grew up in that region so I immediately accepted the offer to read and review it. The book covers a lot of topics over the last 150 years or so, such as the importance of trains in the area, the different kinds of crops grown and carried by those trains. As well as timber exploitation, mining's importance to the region and even amusement parks in the area. The small town I grew up in, with less than 500 people was even mentioned in the book. If you, or someone you buy books for is interested in the Ozark Mountain region or simply American history in general, get this book and read it. 4 Stars