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John A. Kirk

Winthrop Rockefeller: From New Yorker to Arkansawyer, 1912-1956

John A. Kirk is the George W. Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has authored or edited ten books, and his work has appeared in a wide range of academic and popular publications. He is originally from the United Kingdom. 

Winthrop Rockefeller: From New Yorker to Arkansawyer, 1912–1956 investigates why the scion of one of the most powerful families in American history left New York for an Arkansas mountaintop in the 1950s. Extensively researched and richly detailed, the book uses previously neglected archival evidence to fully unravel the mystery for the first time. In doing so, it casts a powerful new light on Rockefeller’s relationship with his adopted state, where his legacy continues to be felt more than half a century after his governorship. 

October 29, 11:30am - 12:30pm, Saturday

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Brooks Blevins + John A. Kirk

A History of the Ozarks, Vol. 3: The Ozarkers charts the development of a misunderstood and stereotyped people, from the emergence of the hillbilly image to the rise of Walmart and from the phenomenon of tourism in Branson to the demographic changes wrought by the arrival of tens of thousands of Hispanic and Asian poultry workers. Written for a general audience yet grounded in scholarly research, this is a rare academic book that entertains as it educates.

Winthrop Rockefeller: From New Yorker to Arkansawyer, 1912–1956 investigates why the scion of one of the most powerful families in American history left New York for an Arkansas mountaintop in the 1950s. Extensively researched and richly detailed, the book uses previously neglected archival evidence to fully unravel the mystery for the first time. In doing so, it casts a powerful new light on Rockefeller’s relationship with his adopted state, where his legacy continues to be felt more than half a century after his governorship.

Sponsored by Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

Main Library, Darragh Center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.