Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South

Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South

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Hardcover, Univ of Illinois Pr, 2012, ISBN13 9780252036958, ISBN10 0252036956
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GHOST OF THE OZARKS

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GHOST OF THE OZARKS

In 1929, in a remote county of the Arkansas Ozarks, the gruesome murder of harmonica-playing drifter Connie Franklin and the brutal rape of his teenaged fiancee captured the attention of a nation on the cusp of the Great Depression. National press from coast to coast ran stories of the sensational exploits of night-riding moonshiners, powerful "Barons of the Hills," and a world of feudal oppression in the isolation of the rugged Ozarks. The ensuing arrest of five local men for both crimes and the confusion and superstition surrounding the trial and conviction gave Stone County a dubious and short-lived notoriety. Closely examining how the story and its regional setting were interpreted by the media, Brooks Blevins recounts the gripping events of the murder investigation and trial, where a man claiming to be the murder victim--the "Ghost" of the Ozarks--appeared to testify. Local conditions in Stone County, which had no electricity and only one long-distance telephone line, frustrated the dozen or more reporters who found their way to the rural Ozarks, and the developments following the arrests often prompted reporters' caricatures of the region: accusations of imposture and insanity, revelations of hidden pasts and assumed names, and threats of widespread violence. Locating the past squarely within the major currents of American history, "Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South" paints a convincing backdrop to a story that, more than 80 years later, remains riddled with mystery.

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Number of Pages: 261
Original Languages: English
Author: Blevins, Brooks
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
ISBN-13: 9780252036958
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.50 x 9.00 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10: 0252036956
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