The Wild Ass of the Ozarks: Jeff Davis and the Social Bases of Southern Politics.

By: Aresenault, Raymond.

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Signed and Inscribed by the Author. Octavo, cloth & boards (hardcover), silver letters, 336 pp. Near-Fine, with light foxing (age darkened spotting), in a Good, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear that includes chipping. From dust jacket: The saga of Jeff Davis is part of a much larger story -- the story of a political tradition that dominated Southern politics for nearly three quarters of a century. Along with Pitchfork Ben Tillman of South Carolina, Fiddlin' Bob Taylor of Tennessee, Tom Watson of Georgia, and James K. Vardaman of Mississippi, Davis served as a prototype for the Southern demagogue. His remarkable career influenced countless politicians including Huey Long, who was mesmerized by a Davis stump speechin 1911. The Wild Ass of the Ozarks is a biography of Jeff Davis and an analysis of the sources of his support. This is not the Civil War Jeff Davis (though many hillbilly voters thought so, to the candidate's benefit) but the late nineteenth-century, early twentieth-century populist. As attorney general and later as governor of Arkansas, Davis was a fiery trustbuster and all-around hell-raiser. THis is a book about the workings of state politics Southern-style, the power and contraditions of populist oratory, and the demography underlying the colorful politics. Rather than assume that a demagogue like Davis drew his support from the least educated, most rural people in the state, the author has labored hard with quantitative techniques to deduce a more subtle picture of Southern voting and of Southern life. The legendary backwardness of Arkansas and its people conceals significant differences in the political opinions of the residents of differet kinds of small towns and hamlets. Since the book begins during the Reconstruction era, it is also a book about race relations, black and white voting patterns, and racial attitudes.

Title: The Wild Ass of the Ozarks: Jeff Davis and the Social Bases of Southern Politics.

Author Name: Aresenault, Raymond.

Categories: Arkansas,

Publisher: Philadelphia: Temple University Press, (1984). First Edition.:

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