Ozarks Research Bibliography

Since I’m sure other people are out there doing some kind of research on the Ozarks, I thought I’d share the book collection I keep on the subject.  It’s sort of a random list in some ways, and very much in tune with my own personal research interests.  

 In no particular order, the short list:

 Hillbillyby Anthony Harkins

A nice study of the image of the hillbilly through popular culture, literature, and television.

Ozark Magic and Folklore by Vance Randolph.

A definitive tome on Supernatural traditions of the Ozarks by a master folklorist. This book is hard to buy, but you may find it in libraries.

The Voices of Moccasin Creek by Tate C. Page. 

Another tome of information on life in the Ozarks during the late 19th and early 20th century.  Family stories, folklore, as well as practical examples of technology, architecture, agricultural practices, and other fantastic tidbits. This book, I believe, was published by the University of the Ozarks Press. Tate was Dean of Education at Western Kentucky for many years. I had a copy from my grandmother who gave it to me.  But I ran across a second copy of this book in the used bookstore at the Little Rock City Library last spring.   I paid $4.00 for it. It’s going on Ebay for $199.00

Arkansas 1800-1860 by S. Charles Bolton

A good, solid, traditional history of politics and economic life in Arkansas.

Cultural Encounters in the Early Southby Jeannie Whayne

A collection of essays by various scholars on the relationship between early settlers and Native Americans.  Excellent book for setting a historical context.  

Hill Folks by Brooks Blevins

An excellent history of the people themselves, including major economic trends in the Arkansas Ozarks and social data, as well as thoughts on how the outside world views the area.   

Cracker Cultureby Grady McWhiney

 This guy is admittedly sort of controversial in some circles, but he gives some interesting background to southern highlands culture that isn’t an unconvincing argument.  And he’s not the only one who has written on the theory with much success. 

The Ozarks  by Milton D. Rafferty  

This is a sort of “natural history” of the Ozarks, delving into everything from geology to social patterns.  

This is only part of my collection, the rest isn’t exactly specific enough to the Ozarks. Most of it is oriented toward my other research obsession: The 1927 Arkansas River flood.


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