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The Outlaw Album


by Daniel Woodrell

The Outlaw Album
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    Oct 2011, 176 pages
    Oct 2012, 192 pages

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The Ozarks

The region known as "The Ozarks" sprawls across southern Missouri as well as parts of northwestern and north central Arkansas, spilling over into Oklahoma and a small corner of Kansas. In area it's about the size of the state of Tennessee, in topography it's similar to the Appalachian region with rolling hills, plateaus (e.g. the Springfield and Salem Plateau regions), and rougher, mountainous terrain in the Saint Francois and Boston Mountain ranges. Referred to as the "American Highlands," it features hundreds of caves, springs, and natural arches, some of which are protected as a part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways National Park.

The Ozarks map

The origin of the word "Ozark" is uncertain, but one popular theory is it's a corruption of the French "Aux Arkansas," or of/at Arkansas. The people living in the Ozark region are largely of German, English, and Scots-Irish ancestry, having cultivated their own culture in an area largely segregated from the outside world. Fiddle music, ...

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