Arkansas: Opportunity Regained

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Q. Whar's this road go to?

A. I been livin' here jer years, 'n' I ain't seen it go no place.

—The Arkansas Traveler

In a part of the world that had gone no place since the Civil War, the directionless road of vaudevillian fame was far more apt as a symbol of Arkansas' dead-end economic and political condition than as a sampling of Ozark humor. For all its majestic forests and fertile bottom lands, its bountiful natural resources and the Mississippi on its eastern frontier, the state remained for long decades a...

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