Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Walter Lee Brown, the person who did the most to shape this journal, died on January 17, 2014. Dr. Brown served as editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly between 1958 and 1990. As secretary-treasurer, he oversaw the daily operations of the Arkansas Historical Association for an even longer time-from 1955 to 1990. Under his leadership, the Quar- terly remained unwavering in its devotion to the state and its people but kept abreast of new methodologies and fresh perspectives, offering, for example, some of the earliest scholarship on Arkansas's African-Ameri- can and civil rights history. Dr. Brown can be credited with drawing much needed attention to the Trans-Mississippi theater of the Civil War and with allowing generations of fine scholars an opportunity to publish some of their best work.

Born in Gatesville, Texas, in 1924, Walter Brown served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. An Aggie and a Longhorn both, he earned his B.A. in history from Texas A&M University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas. He became a Razorback in 1954, when he joined the Department of History, where he would teach Ar- kansas history, the Age of Jackson, the Old South, the New South, and U.S. history to 1877. Dr. Brown was promoted to full professor in 1967. He published the definitive A Life of Albert Pike (University of Arkan- sas Press) in 1997, after his retirement. …

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