Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Book and Media Notes

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Book and Media Notes

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Visit the Arkansas Historical Association's new website at: www.arkansashistoricalassociation. org.

Arcadia Publishing has offered a number of handsome photographic histories of Arkansas places in its Images of America series. The latest volume is Hope, by Joshua Williams, who is curator at Historic Washington State Park but might be better known to those attending the AHA's Jonesboro conference as the circuit-riding Reverend Andrew Hunter. Williams' history includes over 200 well-annotated photos of Hope, its prodigious watermelons and celebrated natives, including Bill Clinton, Mike Huckabee, and Patsy Montana (surely the best musician of the lot). Born of the Cairo & Fulton Railroad in 1873, Hope, Williams says, "was a town of the New South that combined the industrialism of the North and the small town atmosphere and friendliness of the South." At $21.99, Hope is available at better bookstores and from Arcadia Publishing, (888) 313-2665; www.arcadiapublishing.com.

The Fort Smith National Historic Site has an important tool for historians of Arkansas, Indian Territory, the frontier, and the Civil War and Reconstruction eras: an online database listing persons employed by the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas between 1851 and 1896, whether they were judges, marshals, deputy marshals, clerks, prosecutors, jailors, or hangmen. These include such notables of the Isaac Parker era as Bass Reeves, D. P. Upham, George Maledon, and William Henry Harrison Clayton. The 1788 records can be searched by individuals' names or the position they held. Researchers can get started at fosmcourtdatabase. nps.gov

Students of the Civil War and Arkansas history alike will welcome the two-volume set, Confederate Generals in the Western Theater: Classic Essays on the Civil War, edited by Lawrence Lee Hewitt and Arthur W. Bergeron Jr. Arguing that "understanding the outcome of the war can only be gained through greater knowledge of the western campaigns and the generals who waged them," Hewitt and Bergeron have mined numerous academic journals to assemble a series of twenty-five articles that examine the successes, failures, and personalities of Confederate leaders. …

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