Lost Kingdoms by ProQuest


The androgynous Dagmar Suggins (Arkansans will know the freight that this name carries), the one-armed daughter of a bushwhacker, passes herself off as a boy and becomes a courier for Confederate general Jo Shelby, finally riding with him on his oddball foray into Mexico after the rebel cause was lost. McMath's book is finally a broad rumination not just on the cyclical nature of history but on its more linear aspects as well-drawing surprising causal connections, for instance, between our Civil War and that other civil war in Vietnam (both of them connected to French imperialism).

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work. Living and working in relatively insular havens, they speak often,
and righteously, of diversity.
     Hamilton’s study, then, will be most valuable to students of blues for
its careful attention to the figures she selected for her survey. Her treatments
of Odum and Scarborough are especially insightful and convincing; her dis-
cussion of Ramsey also makes wonderful use of his unpublished papers and
of interviews with his daughters.
     If Hamilton’s imagination is given an especially long leash in the chap-
ter on McKune, that imagination had at its disposal her extensive reading in
obscure record collecting journals and a fine interview with McKune’s
“Blues Mafia” associate Pete Whelan. Thanks to these researches, inter-
ested readers will have a clearer picture of the convoluted paths that took
blues music and a select few of its makers from the oblivion of discarded
records to revived careers and deluxe box-set reissues.



Lost Kingdoms. By Phillip H. McMath. (Fayetteville: Phoenix Interna-
    tional, 2007. Pp ix, 517. Epigraphs, author’s comments. $19.95.)

     Phillip McMath’s epic work of historical fiction centers on Arkansas
and deals extensively with Arkansas families and the Civil War in the
southern part of the state. But the larger story uses Arkansas as merely a lo-
cale from which to teach more transcendental lessons about history, and it
shows how Arkansans wer
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