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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Those interested in Native American life in pre-Columbian Arkansas will want to examine The Woodland Southeast, a collection of essays edited by David G. Anderson and Robert C. Mainfort, Jr. The essays document the dramatic change that what was to become the southeastern United States experienced during the Woodland period (1000 B.C. to 1000 A.D). A number of the essays explicitly deal with the Arkansas region: Martha Ann Rolingson and Robert Mainfort, Jr., "Woodland Period Archaeology of the Central Mississippi Valley"; Rolingson, "Plum Bayou Culture of the Arkansas-White River Basin"; Tristam R. Kidder, "Woodland Archaeology of the Lower Mississippi Valley"; and Frank Schambach, "Fourche Maline: A Woodland Period Culture of the Trans-Mississippi South." The book is available in paper ($29.95 ) from the University of Alabama Press, Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380; (205) 348-9534; www.uapress.ua.edu.

United States' attempts to administer the Louisiana Purchase are illustrated in Interim Appointment: W. C. C. Claiborne Letterbook 1804-1805, edited by Jared William Bradley. Claiborne was the first governor of the Louisiana Purchase territory, which included Arkansas. These letters date from his subsequent governorship of the Orleans Territory, which was the first territory carved out of the Purchase and encompassed what is now the state of Louisiana. His letters address clashes between French, Spanish, and U.S. conceptions of government, obstacles to the establishment of U.S. administration, and the region's frontier character. Nearly half of the volume's 600 pages is made up of biographical sketches of Claiborne's correspondents and others who played important roles in public affairs of the period. …

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