Mr. Johnson will discuss his book "Arkansas in Modern America since 1930". This second edition offers an overview of the factors that moved Arkansas from a primarily rural society to one more in step with the modern economy and perspectives of the nation as a whole. The narrative covers the roles of Daisy Bates, Sam Walton, Don Tyson, Bill Clinton, and other influential figures in the state’s history to reveal a state shaped by global as much as by local forces.
Ben Johnson is the John G. Ragsdale, Jr. and Dora J. Ragsdale Professor of Arkansas Studies at Southern Arkansas University. In addition to “Arkansas in Modern America, Since 1930” he is also the author of “Fierce Solitude: A Life of John Gould Fletcher” and “John Barleycorn Must Die: The War Against Drink in Arkansas,” both of which are also published by the University of Arkansas Press.
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