Tales from “Hillbilly Hellraisers”

POCAHONTAS—In the second installment of the Randolph County Heritage Museum’s summer lecture series Monday night, Dr. Blake Perkins of Williams Baptist University read and discussed tales from his book, “Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks.”

Perkins, chair of the history department at Williams, discussed his book, which delves deep into the history of rural defiance among those who lived in the mountainous Ozark regions of Arkansas during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Although he covers many such unique cases throughout the book including resistance to the draft, small farmers’ resistance to USDA programs, and issues related to the “New Deal” throughout the 1930s, Perkins would focus on one particularly interesting story that involved moonshine, murder, and a somewhat surprising ending.

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