White rural interests continued to dominate the state's politics until the civil rights movement.
Arkansas began to diversify its economy following World War II and relies on its service industry, aircraft, poultry, steel, tourism, cotton, and rice.
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The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.
The northwestern corner of the state, such as the Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers Metropolitan Area and Fort Smith metropolitan area, is a population, education, and economic center.
The largest city in the state's eastern part is Jonesboro.
The Arkansas is fed by the Mulberry River and the Fourche La Fave River in the Arkansas River Valley, which is also home to Lake Dardanelle.
The largest city in the state's southeastern part is Pine Bluff.
The Territory of Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836.
In 1881, the pronunciation of Arkansas with the final "s" being silent was made official by an act of the state legislature after a dispute arose between Arkansas's two U. senators as one favored the pronunciation as Arkansas borders Louisiana to the south, Texas to the southwest, Oklahoma to the west, Missouri to the north, and Tennessee and Mississippi to the east.
The United States Census Bureau classifies Arkansas as a southern state, sub-categorized among the West South Central States.
These directionally named regions are broad and not defined along county lines.