Rethinking the Roots of “Populist” Rural Politics is Focus of New Working History Episode
SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “‘Hillbilly Hellraisers’ and Rethinking the Roots of Populist Politics,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. The episode features J. Blake Perkins who discusses his book, Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks, regional relations with the federal government, and the evolution of grassroots politics. The episode is hosted by Beth English, immediate past president of the Southern Labor Studies Association.
J. Blake Perkins is assistant professor of history at Williams Baptist College, and currently serving as Department Chair. His first book is Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks, published by the University of Illinois Press. He is a native of the Arkansas Ozarks.