Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Various aspects of Toltec Mounds-architecture, artifacts, and foodways- indicate that the site near modern Little Rock occupied a significant position in the Mississippi River Valley, both geographically and culturally, in the late Woodland and early Mississippian periods. The Arkansas Archeological Survey's recently released Toltec Mounds: Archeology of the Mound-and-Plaza Complex by Martha Ann Rolingson (with a contribution by Lucretia S. Kelly) summarizes Rolingson's three decades of research there. This 293-page volume can be purchased through March 1, 2013 at an introductory price of $35.00, to increase to $42.00 after that date. Inquire at (479) 575-3556 or archpubs@uark.edu.

Those who recall David Walls' article, "Marching Song of the First Arkansas Colored Regiment: A Contested Attribution," in the Winter 2007 AHQ might lend an ear to Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War by Christian McWhirter. Published lyrics and scores of this period are well-known and have been studied by musicologists, but McWhirter returns them to their rightful place at the center of Americans' understanding of the Civil War. Arguing that the crisis increased the importance of music for Americans of all regions and backgrounds, McWhirter explains how those in the field and at home used music to express their feelings about the war and how music, in turn, influenced those feelings. …

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