Deep Revolution in the Arkansas Ozarks
Jared M. Phillips
With a Foreword by Crescent Dragonwagon
218 pages, 6 × 9, 9 images, index
April 2019
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Counterculture flourished nationwide in the 1960s and 1970s, and while the hippies of Haight–Ashbury occupied the public eye, a faction of back to the landers were quietly creating their own haven off the beaten path in the Arkansas Ozarks. In Hipbillies, Jared Phillips combines oral histories and archival resources to weave the story of the Ozarks and its population of country beatniks into the national narrative, showing how the back to the landers engaged in “deep revolution” by sharing their ideas on rural development, small farm economy, and education with the locals—and how they became a fascinating part of a traditional region’s coming to terms with the modern world in the process.

Jared M. Phillips holds a doctorate in American history and is assistant professor of international studies at the University of Arkansas. He lives and works on a small farm outside of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

Hipbillies boldly challenges common stereotypes of the back to the landers who relocated to the Ozarks in the 1970s as clueless, deadbeat dropouts who never fit in with their local neighbors and failed miserably to establish sustainable communities and live ‘naturally.’ Instead, Jared Phillips persuasively argues that the back to the landers arrived with serious commitments to their ideals and, despite their setbacks and struggles, ultimately left their mark on the region’s arts and crafts communities, solar energy advancements, organic farming and farmers’ markets, environmental activism, and other legacies that can be seen in the Ozarks today. This is a fascinating read and an important contribution to recent Ozarks history.”
—Blake Perkins, author of Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks

“Jared Phillips has tackled an understudied, fascinating subject with depth and precision, providing insight into the Ozarks’ back to the land movement that has heretofore not been revealed. A fun ride into the history of the counterculture movement in the heart of the backwoods.”
—Brian C. Campbell, Berry College, writer and producer of The Natural State of America

Foreword | Crescent Dragonwagon
CHAPTER 1 | The Making of a Hipbilly
CHAPTER 2 | Pioneers in an Age of Plenty
CHAPTER 3 | Hipbillies and Hillbillies
CHAPTER 4 | Hipbillies and the New Ozarks
CHAPTER 5 | The Ozark Mystic Vision
CHAPTER 6 | Hipbillies Triumphant
Conclusion | The Affection for Place

The Ozarks Studies series acknowledges the awakening of a scholarly Ozarks studies movement—one that crosses disciplinary boundaries as it approaches regional study from a variety of vantage points—and positions the University of Arkansas Press as the publisher at the forefront of the movement. As the only university press headquartered within the Ozarks region and as a press with a solid background in the publication of books on the region—Rafferty’s The Ozarks, Land and Life, Morrow’s Shepherd of the Hills Country, Harper’s White Man’s Heaven, Sizemore’s Ozark Vernacular Houses, and many more—the University of Arkansas Press is ideally suited for the first series that will level a scholarly eye on the Ozarks and Ozarkers.

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