Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy

Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy


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Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy by Nancy Hendricks

Hattie Caraway unexpectedly became the first female U.S. senator in 1931 by filling the seat of her late husband. What her colleagues viewed as an honorary position was in fact the start of a distinguished career. Despite strong male opposition, Hattie won reelection and loyally and effectively served her constituency for twelve years through the difficult times of the Great Depression and World War II. Join Caraway scholar and historian Dr. Nancy Hendricks to witness Caraway's historic career through previously unseen letters and photos and see how Caraway effected change in the U.S. political landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609499686
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 690,051
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dr. Nancy Hendricks is an award-winning historian and Director of Alumni Communications at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, as well as an actress and award-winning playwright. Blanche Lambert Lincoln is a seventh-generation Arkansan and in 1998 became the first woman elected to the Senate from Arkansas since Senator Hattie Caraway. She is also the first woman and Arkansan to serve as chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Table of Contents

Foreword Senator Blanche Lincoln 5

Acknowledgements 7

Author's Note: Singing the Praises of "Silent Hattie" 9

1 Meet Hattie Caraway 11

2 Wife, Mother, Widow: 1878-1931 17

3 Seat-Holder: 1931-1932 31

4 Candidate: 1932 45

5 Senator: 1932-1938 61

6 Incumbent: 1938 71

7 Public Servant: 1938-1944 81

8 Also-Ran, Going Home: 1944-1950 97

9 From the Last Row 109

Appendix I How "Silent" Was Hattie? 115

Appendix II Reelect Senator Hattie Caraway 117

Appendix III Senate Tribute to Hattie Caraway 121

Sources 123

Index 125

About the Author 127

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