The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

The Arkansas Historical Quarterly is a magazine focusing on History

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 1, Spring

Arkansas and the New South
Arkansas and the New South, 1874-1929. By Carl H. Moneyhon. (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1997. Pp. xii, 168. Foreword, introduction, illustrations, bibliographic essay, index. $26.00, cloth; $14.00, paper.) Forty-six years after Arkansan...
Book Notes
To California on the Southern Route, 1849: A History and Annotated Bibliography by Patricia A. Etter, with a foreword by Elliott West, is, in West's words, "an invaluable book on the gold rush and on the mid-century frontier." West, who is professor...
Life among the Texas Indians: The WPA Narratives
Life among the Texas Indians: The WPA Narratives. By David La Vere. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1998. Pp. xvii, 270. Preface, illustrations, epilogue, bibliography, index. $29.95.) David La Vere, an ethnohistorian and Ph.D. in history...
Lift Every Voice: African American Oratory, 1787-1900
Lift Every Voice: African American Oratory, 1787-1900. Edited by Philip S. Foner and Robert James Branham. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997. Pp. xv, 925. Introduction, index of speeches, subject index. $24.95, paper.) Speeches on paper...
Mastering Farm and Family: David Walker as Slaveholder
WHEN HISTORIANS STUDY SOUTHERN SLAVEHOLDERS who won political office before the Civil War, they often focus on their subjects' public lives at the expense of their private identities. The politicians' pronouncements on slavery and abolitionism take precedence...
Nathan Boone and the American Frontier
Nathan Boone and the American Frontier. By R. Douglas Hurt. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1998. Pp. xii, 256. Preface, epilogue, notes, bibliography, index. $29.95.) Although Nathan Boone never earned the acclaim that his father enjoyed, he...
News and Notices
The Arkansas Historical Association's fifty-eighth annual meeting will be held in Pine Bluff, April 15-17, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The meeting opens on Thursday evening with a reception at the Jefferson County Museum. Paper sessions on Friday...
Peter Caulder: A Free Black Soldier and Pioneer in Antebellum Arkansas
ON JUNE 18, 1812, PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON signed into law the war bill that Congress had narrowly passed the day before. Madison, exasperated by unfriendly British actions at sea during the Napoleonic Wars, thus led his country into war against a powerful...
President's Report to the Membership, 1999
Last year's report introduced several new AHA initiatives and reviewed ongoing programs, all of which complemented the association mission of promoting "the preservation, writing, publishing, teaching, and understanding of Arkansas history." This 1999...
Reelecting Bill Clinton: Why America Chose a "New Democrat"
Reelecting Bill Clinton. Why America Chose a "New Democrat. " By John Hohenberg. (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1997. Pp. x, 298. Appendix, index. $26.95.) Contrary to the popular wisdom, which classified the 1996 presidential campaign as both...
Slavery and Defining of Arkansas
SLAVERY WAS RARELY, IF EVER, what struck visitors about antebellum Arkansas. In 1818 and 1819 Henry Schoolcraft romanticized a near savage population of hunters in the Ozarks while Thomas Nuttall found only incipient agricultural activity along the more...
Soldier and Scholar: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War
Soldier and Scholar: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War. Edited by Ward W. Briggs Jr. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998. Pp. 448. Introduction, editor's note, photographs, illustrations, selected list of works cited, abbreviations,...
The Life and Death of Pretty Boy Floyd
The Life and Death of Pretty Boy Floyd. By Jeffery S. King (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1998. Pp vii, 242. Acknowledgments, introduction, epilogue, notes, select bibliography, index. $28.00.) The area of western Missouri, northwest Arkansas,...
The Root of All Evil: The Protestant Clergy and the Economic Mind of the Old South
The Root of All Evil. The Protestant Clergy and the Economic Mind of the Old South. By Kenneth Moore Startup. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1997. Pp. 218. Acknowledgment, introduction, epilogue, notes, bibliography, index. $48.00.) Rather than...
The Slave Family in Arkansas
THE INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY is central to the history of the United States and especially the South. As Ira Berlin recognizes in his recent study, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America, slavery shaped Americans'definition...
The Socioeconomic Role of Slavery in the Arkansas Upcountry
LOW PERCENTAGES OF SLAVES and slaveholders have created the impression that slavery was relatively unobtrusive in the upcountry South and that many, perhaps most, mountain whites had little involvement with the peculiar institution. Indeed, the significance...
They Sought a Land: A Settlement in the Arkansas River Valley, 1840-1870
They Sought a Land: A Settlement in the Arkansas River Valley, 1840-1870. By William Oates Ragsdale. (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1997. Pp. vii, 139. Acknowledgments, notes, sources, index. $24.00.) They Sought a Land is William Oates...
What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do: Black Professional Women Workers during the Jim Crow Era
What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do: Black Professional Women Workers during the Jim Crow Era. By Stephanie J. Shaw. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Pp. xvi, 347. Foreword, preface, acknowledgment, introduction, conclusion, sources, appendices,...

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