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“One o the most interesting books I have read in years—I startedthe rst ew pages and just couldn’t quit. This thorough and sophis-ticated discussion will appeal to readers interested in the historyo violence, cultural stereotypes, modernization, the Ozarks, legalhistory, and journalism.”—
Bruce E. Baker,
This Mob Will Surely Take My Lie: Lynchings in the Carolinas, 1871–1947
“Brooks Blevins does an outstanding job o retelling the ins and outso this antastic and entertaining story—the sensationalism o thepress, the charges o rape, peonage, and privilege, the dramatic trial,and even the reappearance o the murder victim.”—
, associate editor,
Arkansas Historical Quarterly
In 1929, in a remote county o the Arkansas Ozarks, the grue-some murder o harmonica-playing driter Connie Franklin andthe brutal rape o his teenaged ancée captured the attention o anation on the cusp o the Great Depression. National press romcoast to coast ran stories o the sensational exploits o night-riding moonshiners, powerul “Barons o the Hills,” and a worldo eudal oppression in the isolation o the rugged Ozarks. Theensuing arrest o ve local men or both crimes and the conusionand superstition surrounding the trial and conviction gave StoneCounty a dubious and short-lived notoriety.Closely examining how the story and its regional setting wereinterpreted by the media, Brooks Blevins recounts the grippingevents o the murder investigation and trial, where a man claimingto be the murder victim—the “Ghost” o the Ozarks—appearedto testiy. The developments ollowing the arrests oten promptedreporters’ caricatures o the region: accusations o imposture andinsanity, revelations o hidden pasts and assumed names, andthreats o widespread violence.
Ghost o the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South
paints a convincing backdrop to astory that, more than 80 years later, remains riddled with mystery.
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Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters,Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defned a State
Hill Folks: AHistory o Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image.
296 PageS. 6.125 x 9.25 InCheS18 BlaCK & whITe PhoTograPhS, 1 lIne drawIng, 5 maPSCloTh, 978-0-252-03695-8.