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Two cities, two historic massacres: Memory and trauma in Tulsa and Elaine

Right now, most of the white elected officials in Arkansas seem willing to ignore the fact that Arkansas was a part of the Red Summer of 1919. We must learn that our past will continue to be our present, and will be cemented into our future, if our state does not officially acknowledge and reconcile its past beyond ubiquitous discussions of the 1957 Central High School integration crisis.
picture of statue of J. William Fulbright at the University of Arkansas campus

William Fulbright, the Southern Manifesto and the path to the Central High crisis

Fulbright’s apologists like to claim that the senator’s sins during the Central High Crisis were ones of omission rather than commission — that he played no significant role in stoking segregationist outrage, but rather simply did little to stop it. But they are wrong. As an author and signatory of the Southern Manifesto, Fulbright provided a false cover of legitimacy to segregationists and emboldened them to defy the Brown decision. 
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The Klan and the Kulture Wars: A review of Kenneth C. Barnes' new book on white nationalism in 1920s Arkansas

Popular culture has trained us to think of the Klan as first and foremost a racist group, rather than a religious one. But centering racism does not help to explain why the KKK was so popular in places like Paragould, Harrison, and Bentonville — places that were almost exclusively white. What Barnes does, instead, is to show how the Klan operated at the nexus of religion, race, business, leisure, law and politics.
Zachary Taylor

Long before Bill Clinton, another future president called Arkansas home

As a young Army officer, president-to-be Zachary Taylor spent a couple of years at Arkansas's Fort Smith. Apparently he didn't have a very good time there.
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In the wake of the Central High crisis, crime and injustice

The 1960 bombing of the home of Carlotta Walls and the sham investigation that followed.

Hazel: an excerpt from 'The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice'

Hot Springs was “running wide open,” with casino gambling happening in full view of God and everybody.
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Ticks, cows and the war on contagions

A forgotten historical parallel to the coronavirus pandemic.

A civil rights crossroads in Little Rock

The 1974 National Black Political Convention.
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The racist roots of anti-unionism in Arkansas

Motivated by money and white supremacist beliefs, the state farm bureau, chambers of commerce and others lined up with segregationists to enact the ‘right to work’ law.

A look at old Little Rock via the Hotel Sam Peck

From memoirs by Henryetta Peck and Robert Peck
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Winthrop Rockefeller's vision for public education started with Morrilton model school

In 1956, Winthrop Rockefeller made his local school district in Morrilton an offer that it surely could not refuse: unlimited access to his considerable inherited Standard Oil fortune to fund a model school program that would be the envy of the state, the South and the nation.
Wealthy people playing game

A wired Hot Springs

Gambling has defined the city since the 1920s.
Gov. Frank White

Creationists v. Arkansas

Re-Evaluating the 1981 “Monkey Trial.”
Gov. Orval Faubus greets a voter in Clinton in 1962.

A forgotten candidate and the 1962 Arkansas governor’s race

Dave Cox's forgotten campaign and the 1962 election for Arkansas governor. An exclusive excerpt of Ernie Dumas' political memoir.

Sweet Willie Wine took a stand in the Arkansas Delta

With his Walk Against Fear 50 years ago.

The unbearable whiteness of being

What's lost when we consider the history of racial violence from a white perspective.
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