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Arkansas

  • By: Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The state of Arkansas is in the southern region of the United States bounded by the great Mississippi River on its east, with the Ozark and Ouachita Mountain ranges nestled within its territory. Motherhood in Arkansas will be examined by looking at vital statistics, fertility, mortality, and health status in order to provide a detailed understanding of the status of women in the state. Famous Arkansan mothers include author and poet Maya Angelou, actress Mary Steenburgen, Watergate player Martha Mitchell, and composer Florence Beatrice Price.

Arkansas has a population of over 2.8 million, of which 96 percent are native-born Arkansans. The racial/ethnic makeup of the state is 80 percent white, 16 percent black, 1 percent Native American/Alaskan Native, 1.5 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, and 5 percent Hispanic/Latino. ...

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