Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

News and Notices

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

News and Notices

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The AHA is delighted to spread the news that Life Member C. Fred Williams has been awarded the Agricultural History Society's 2013 Gladys Baker Award for lifetime achievement in the field of agricultural history. One of the best-known and highly respected members of the AHA, Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1969. He has served as president of the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers, the Little Rock Volunteers in Public Schools, and as executive secretary of the Agricultural History Society. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Arkansas, Independent and Proud: An Illustrated History (2002); Understanding the Little Rock Crisis: An Exercise in Remembrance and Reconciliation (1999); and the widely cited "Class: The Central Issue in the 1957 Little Rock School Crisis" (AHQ, Autumn 1997). The AHA presented Williams with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock History Department has also honored Dr. Williams with the creation of a C. Fred Williams Endowed Fund, which will provide assistance to students in the department's Public History M.A. program. During his many years at UALR, Dr. Williams served the institution as department head, associate dean of liberal arts, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, director of the Center for Arkansas Studies, and editor of the Ledbetter Monograph Series on Arkansas Culture. Tax-free donations (checks made out to the UALR Foundation) can be sent to: UALR Development Office, Attn: Howard Walker, 2801 S. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR, 72204.

A noted scholar of southern, agricultural, and Arkansas history, Donald Holley, died November 19, 2012, at his home in Little Rock. Born February 24, 1940, in Vernon, AL, the son of William Albert and Wilma Holley, Holley received a B.A. in education from Louisiana Tech, an M.A. in sociology from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in statistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University. Dr. Holley taught at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for forty years.

His first book, Uncle Sam's Farmers: The New Deal Communities in the Lower Mississippi Valley, won the Agricultural History Society's book award in 1975, and his second, The Second Great Emancipation: The Mechanical Cotton Picker, Black Migration, and How They Shaped the Modern South (2000), details the role of mechanization in changing the face of agriculture in the South. …

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