Arkansas Biography: A Collection of Notable Lives

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Arkansas Biography brings to light the lives of those who have helped shape Arkansas history for over four hundred years. Featured are not only the trailblazers, such as steamboat captain Henry Shreve, Olympic gold medalist Bill Carr, and aviator Louise Thaden, but also those whose lives reflect their culture and times - musicians, scientists, teachers, preachers, and journalists. One hundred and eighty contributors - professional and avocational historians - offer clear vignettes of nearly three hundred ...
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Overview

Arkansas Biography brings to light the lives of those who have helped shape Arkansas history for over four hundred years. Featured are not only the trailblazers, such as steamboat captain Henry Shreve, Olympic gold medalist Bill Carr, and aviator Louise Thaden, but also those whose lives reflect their culture and times - musicians, scientists, teachers, preachers, and journalists. One hundred and eighty contributors - professional and avocational historians - offer clear vignettes of nearly three hundred individuals, beginning with Hernando de Soto, who crossed the Mississippi River in the summer of 1540. The entries include birth and death dates and places, life and career highlights, lineage, anecdotes, and source material." "The information condensed into this single reference volume will be valuable to general readers of all ages, libraries, museums, and scholars.
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"She considered herself a balladeer and educator, not an entertainer. She abhorred the idea of 'performing' a song: 'A singer should not get in the way of the song but just stand back and present it.'"—Patricia Laster on Almeda Riddle, balladeer and folk song collector
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557285881
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author


Nancy A. Williams is director of the Arkansas Biography Project and is currently working on a biography of Alfred Edgar Smith. Jeannie M. Whayne is associate professor and chair of the history department at the University of Arkansas and has authored A New Plantation South: Land, Labor and Federal Favor in Twentieth Century Arkansas (1996, University Press of Virginia).
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