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ARKANSAS: A Narrative History Hardcover – June 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1557287243 ISBN-10: 1557287244

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557287244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557287243
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Informed in its scholarship, rationally organized, and written in clear, graceful prose, this volume is extraordinarily comprehensive in its treatment of Arkansas' past. . . . By any manner of reckoning, this is an extraordinarily valuable addition to historical literature, one that provides a highly readable and comprehensive account."—Willard Gatewood, from the Foreword

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Four distinguished scholars, each focusing on a particular era, track the tensions, negotiations, and interactions among the different groups of people who have counted Arkansas as home. George Sabo III discusses Native American prehistory and the shocks of climate change and European arrival. He explores how surviving native groups carried forward economic and docial institutions, which in turn proved crucial to early colonists. Morris S. Arnold examines the native communities and the roles of minority groups and women in the development of law, government, and religion; the production of goods; and market economies. Jeannie M. Whayne shows how these multicultural relationships unfolded during hte subsequent era of American settlement. But mutuality ended when white settlers transplanted plantation agriculture and slavery to formerly native lands. Thomas DeBlack shows that the plantation society, while prosperous, also brought the state into the Civil War. He analyzes banking fiascoes, the state's reputation for violence, the mixed blessings of statehood, and the war itself. Whayne returns to discuss different groups' access to the political process; prostwar economic issues, including women's work; and the interrelated problems of industrialization, education, and race relations. The Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s, transformed political and social landscapes, but vestiges of the old attitudes and prejudices remain in place.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pschell7 on November 20, 2009
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I loved this book. It is a great read. It's a history lesson told as a story. Gives great insight into the people, their lives, accomplishments, and failers of the Arkansas and Louisiana frontier. Offers several interesting and sometimes funny situations of our past. Very well written book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alysha Y. Fletcher on September 22, 2012
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This book was in great condition, just as described. It was exactly what I needed for my Arkansas History class, and there were many interesting pieces of my state's history. Very informative!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bmsbms29 on November 28, 2009
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A really good book that tells of Arkansas history in a brief form but enough to wet my interest so much that I researched more detailed information through the internet. Which added to all of the information my teacher, Dr. Bridges, gave us during our college course.

Well worth the purchase.
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By Megan on January 6, 2014
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I needed this for school and its exactly the book I needed and it was in great condition! I passed the class.. So thank you!
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