Arkansas--History Articles--in chronological order
Expedition of Hernando de Soto: A Post-Mortem Report,"
by David Sloan in Arkansas
- Historical Quarterly
51 (Spring 1992): 1-29
- Reviews critically the writing about the
expedition from the original Spanish accounts to contemporary
historical and archeological publications.
- 2. "The
Expedition of Hernando de Soto: A Post-Mortem Report Part II,"
by David Sloan in
- Arkansas Historical Quarterly 51 (Winter 1992): 297-327.
- Continuation of the article listed above.
- 3. "The
Significance of the Arkansas Colonial Experience" by
Morris S. Arnold in Arkansas
- Historical Quarterly
51 (Spring 1992): 69-82.
- Describes political and economic life in
18th century Arkansas and links its underdevelopment to later
backwardness of the territory and state.
- 4. "Arkansas
in the American Revolution," by Duvon Clough Corbitt
in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 1 (December 1942): 290-306.
- Details the skirmishes and maneuvering for
Indian support of the British and Spanish in the Mississippi
Valley, including fighting at Arkansas Post, during the American
- 5. "Some
Old French Place Names in the State of Arkansas" by
- Branner in Arkansas Historical Quarterly
19 (Autumn 1960):191-206.
- Provides the origins of names of rivers,
towns, and other places, especially in south Arkansas.
- 6. "Colonial
Arkansas Place Names," by Samuel Dorris Dickinson in
Arkansas Historical Quarterly 48 (Summer 1989): 137-68.
- Revises and adds to the findings of Banner's
work (see above) on French, Indian, and Spanish origins of place
names in Arkansas
- 7. "The
Salt Industry in Arkansas Territory, 1819-1836," by
Daniel F.Littlefield, Jr. in Arkansas Historical Quarterly
32 (Winter 1973): 312-36.
- Explains the technical operation of Arkansas
salt springs, which were some of the most productive at the time,
and the political rivalries and disputes that developed over
- and ownership of the springs.
- 8. "The
Life of Archibald Yell," by Melinda Meek in Arkansas
Historical Quarterly 26 (Spring 1967): 11-23.
- Chapter one of five chapters on this prominent
politician who served as a Congressman and Governor of Arkansas
during early statehood and who died in the Mexican War.
- 9. "The
Life of Archibald Yell, Chapter 2: The Congressman from Arkansas"
by Melinda Meeks in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 26 (Summer
- Continues the series of articles on Yell.
- 10.. "The
Life of Archibald Yell, Chapter 3: The Chief Executive,"
by Melinda Meeks in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 26 (Autumn
- Continues the series.
- 11. "The
Life of Archibald Yell, Chapter IV: The Return to Congress,"
by Melinda Meeks in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 26 (Winter
- Continues series and concludes with Chapter
5 :The Ultimate Sacrifice.
- 12. "The
Mexican War Experiences of Albert Pike and the 'Mounted Devils'
of Arkansas," by
- Walter Lee Brown in Arkansas Historical
Quarterly 12(Winter 1953): 301-15.
- Recounts Pike's part in the war, including
the duel he fought with John Roane after the war to settle a
dispute over his role and that of Arkansas troops in battle.
- 13. "A
Little of What Arkansas Was Like a Hundred Years Ago,"
by Dallas T. Herndon in Arkansas Historical Quarterly
3 (Summer 1944): 97-124.
- Summarizes, with few quotations, the observations
of George W. Featherstonhaugh who traveled through Arkansas Territory
in 1834. Herndon is critical of the negative comments that Featherstonhaugh
made about Arkansas.
- 14. "
'Low, Degrading Scoundrels': George W. Featherstonhaugh's Contribution
to the Bad Name of Arkansas," by Robert B. Cochran in
Arkansas Historical Quarterly 48 (Spring 1989): 3-16.
- Relates the observations, with extensive
quotations, of this visitor to Arkansas Territory in 1834 who
was severly critical of its inhabitants and their customs and
manners, presenting a negative image of the area that would continue
through the 20th century.
- 15. "The Arkansas Traveller: Southwest Humor
on Canvas," by Sarah Brown in
Arkansas Historical Quarterly 46 (Winter 1987): 348-75.
- Tells the origin of the Arkansas Traveller
story and tune by Colonel Sandford Faulkner, focusing upon the
images of the tale, especially the 1855 painting by Edward P.
- 16. "Nineteenth-Century
Rural Self-Sufficiency: A Planter's and Housewife's 'Do-It-Yourself'
Encyclopedia," by Jo Ann Carrigan in Arkansas Historical
Quarterly 21 (Summer 1962): 132-45.
- Excerpts from a handwritten composition book
brought to Arkansas in the 1850s to instruct a young planter
and wife on medical remedies, cooking recipes, and other practical
information needed by people living in rural isolation.
- 17. "Life
in Confederate Arkansas," by Michael B. Dougan in Arkansas
- 31 (Spring 1972): 15-35.
- A survey of the effect of the war on civilian
Arkansans throughout the state.
- 18. "David
O. Dodd: Folk Hero of Confederate Arkansas," by LeRoy
H. Fischer in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 37 (Summer
- Relates the story of the teen-ager Dodd,
executed as a Confederate spy by Union forces in Little Rock,
separating the facts from the legends about this folk-hero.
- 19. Camden
- Eleven articles from the Arkansas Historical
Quarterly deal with the Union force's advance into southern
Arkansas in 1864 during the Civil War, its occupation of Camden,
and its retreat back to Little Rock.
- 20. "The
Bear State Image: Arkansas in the Nineteenth Century,"
by C. Fred Williams in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 39
(Summer 1980): 99-111.
- Survey the negative image of Arkansas and
its people that appeared early in the history of the state.
- 21 "Negro
Legislators in Arkansas 1891: A Document" by Willard
B. Gatewood, Jr. in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 31 (Spring
- Has biographical sketches of several African-Americans
who served in the Arkansas
- legislator and who fought against the 1891
law to segregate Blacks in public transportation.
- See also the section of articles on African
Americans in Arkansas history.
- 22. "Arkansas'
Flag Is Fifty Years Old" by Walter L. Brown in Arkansas
- 22(Spring 1963):3-6.
- Describes the creation and adoption of an
official state flag in 1913 and changes in its
- design in 1923-24.
- 23. "From
Quackery to Qualification: Arkansas Medical and Drug Legislation,
- David M. Moyers in Arkansas Historical
Quarterly 35 (Spring 1976): 3-26.
- Explains how the Medical Association of Arkansas
led the fight for medical standards in the state by establishing
state boards of licensure, required medical education, and by
the regulation of pharmacy practices and patent medicine.
- 24. "Life
of an Arkansas Logger in 1901," edited by Walter L.
Brown in Arkansas Historical
- Quarterly 21
(Spring 1962): 44-74.
- The daily journal of Ormond H. Twiford who
worker as a logger in the woods in Polk county in the early 20th
- 25. "The
Arkansas Tapline Cases: A Study in Commerce Regulation,"
by Lee A. Drew in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 29 (Winter
- Analyzes the commercial and legally-contested
operation of small rail lines run by lumber companies in the
state that culminated in a Supreme Court decision in 1914 limiting
the power of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
- 26. "Memories
of a University Student, 1906-1910," by James Harris
Atkinson in Arkansas
- Historical Quarterly
30(Autumn 1971): 213-41.
- Memories of Atkinson, who with sporadic attendance
at College Hill and Waldo schools in Columbia County nonetheless
went on to earn a degree from the University of Arkansas and
later become widely-known as "Mr. Arkansas History"
for his expertise and promotion of the study of the state's past.
- 27. "James
Harris Atkinson, 1888-1973," by Hugh Park in Arkansas
Historical Quarterly 32
- (Winter 1973): 370-80.
- A biographical sketch of an educator and
historian who from the 1940s-1960s was the most important individual
promoting the study of Arkansas history by his service as chairman
of the Arkansas History Commission and President and Board member
of the Arkansas Historical Association.
- 28. "The
Climber: A Chapter in Arkansas Automative History" by
Ed Faulkner in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 29 (Autumn
- Discusses the short life of an automobile
manufactured in Little Rock in 1919-24.
- 29. "The
Red Scare in Arkansas," by Joey McCarthy in Arkansas
Historical Quarterly 37 (Autumn 1978): 264-77.
- Points out that apart from the Elaine Race
Riot, the Red Scare was largely confined to the columns of newspapers
in Arkansas in contrast to events erupting across the nation
- 30. "Baseball
Calls: Arkansas Town Baseball in the Twenties," by David
D. Dawson in Arkansas
Quarterly 54 (Winter 1995): 409-26.
- Describes the local community organzation
of baseball teams and the fierce rivalry between towns that povided
both entertainment and a focus for community spirit. This online
article has links to other web pages that connect Arkansas and
baseball, including those of Arkansas players chosen for the
Baseball Hall of Fame.
- 31. "Commonwealth
College Comes to Arkansas, 1923-25," by William H. Cobb
- Historical Quarterly
23 (Spring 1964): 99-122.
- Describes the founding of the utopian labor
college in Mena whose associations with unionism and socialism
made it controversial in Arkansas.
- 32. "From
Utopian Isolation to Radical Activism: Commonwealth College,
- William H. Cobb in Arkansas Historical
Quarterly 32 (Winter 1973): 132-147.
- A continuation of the earlier article on
this labor college.
- 33. "Hoover
and the Red Cross in the Arkansas Drought of 1930," by Roger Lambert in
- Arkansas Historical Quarterly 29 (Spring 1970): 3-19.
- Describes the desperate suffering among poor
Arkansas farmers in 1930-31, including the so-called England,
Arkansas, food riot, in which relief came from the Red Cross
rather than the national government due to President Herbert
Hoover's opposition to direct federal relief for individuals.
- 34. "A
Louisiana Medicine Show: The Kingfish Elects An Arkansas Senator,"
by Stuart Towns
- in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 25
(Summer 1966): 117-27
- Tells the story of the election of the first
woman to the U. S. Senate, Hattie Caraway, whose 1932 campaign
was capped by the assistance of the famouts Senator Huey Long