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Diane D. Blair was a professor of political science at the University of Arkansas and the editor of Silent Hattie Speaks: The Personal Journal of Senator Hattie Caraway. Jay Barth is an associate professor and chair in the Politics department at Hendrix College.
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  • Series: Politics and Governments of the American States
  • Paperback: 499 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; 2nd edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803261985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803261983
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LEON L CZIKOWSKY on October 4, 2009
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This is an excellent description of the history of the politics and the public sector in Arkansas. The authors note that, through most of Arkansas's history through the end of the 20th century that Arkansas had many lower than average income residents who were more concerned with earning a living than they were, as compared to voters in other states, with public affairs. They desired general services and were satisfied to receive them. The authors state their central premise is that it has only in recent decades has state government begun to have an active and positive role upon Arkansas residents.

Arkansas territorial government was strongly influence by people with business and banking interests who controlled patronage. They also through corruption and mismanagement led to bank failures that created three million dollars in state debt.

The Federal government provided one third of the state's land to the state government for public purposes. The school and roads many hopes would be built did not result. Poorly built levees did emerge yet they were constructed so badly they were swept away. In 1927, floods covered 13% of the state.

Arkansas was admitted as a slave union in conjunction with admitting Michigan as a free state. The Democratic Party was the primary party in Arkansas as the opposing Whigs never received over 33% of the vote in Arkansas Presidential elections from 1836 through 1856, whereupon the Whigs collapsed as a party.

Arkansas was slow to adopt public education. Governor John Roane, who served from 1849 through 1852, declared that "I am convinced, after investigation in to the history of the common school, that no possible good can come of it.
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This is an excellent description of the history of the politics and the public sector in Arkansas. The authors note that, through most of Arkansas's history through the end of the 20th century that Arkansas had many lower than average income residents who were more concerned with earning a living than they were, as compared to voters in other states, with public affairs. They desired general services and were satisfied to receive them. The authors state their central premise is that it has only in recent decades has state government begun to have an active and positive role upon Arkansas residents.

Arkansas territorial government was strongly influence by people with business and banking interests who controlled patronage. They also through corruption and mismanagement led to bank failures that created three million dollars in state debt.

The Federal government provided one third of the state's land to the state government for public purposes. The school and roads many hopes would be built did not result. Poorly built levees did emerge yet they were constructed so badly they were swept away. In 1927, floods covered 13% of the state.

Arkansas was admitted as a slave union in conjunction with admitting Michigan as a free state. The Democratic Party was the primary party in Arkansas as the opposing Whigs never received over 33% of the vote in Arkansas Presidential elections from 1836 through 1856, whereupon the Whigs collapsed as a party.

Arkansas was slow to adopt public education. Governor John Roane, who served from 1849 through 1852, declared that "I am convinced, after investigation in to the history of the common school, that no possible good can come of it.
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I bought this as a textbook and am keeping it. It does a good job of providing an overview (and some specifics) on the development of Government in Arkansas. It also does a good job of describing the history behind the development of political parties in the Natural State. It is now a permanent part of my library!!!
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By JKA on August 30, 2013
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This book was described as used and it literally looks brand new. And it also arrived on time before I had to go back to college!
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There is no other text that even comes close to this book. It is the definitive book on Arkansas politics.
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