By Michael B. Dougan
This booklet fills a protracted status hole in nation histories facing the interval of the Civil warfare within the western frontier that was once Arkansas. in response to newspaper articles, felony files, letters, diaries, recollections, songs, and reliable army studies, Dougan’s account presents an entire photograph of the political scenario simply ahead of the struggle, and set the degree for the state’s access into the conflict regardless of the destiny that just a 3rd of the inhabitants supported secession.
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Finally I owe many a debt of gratitude in the course of my preparation. Professor Bell I. Wiley, then of Emory University, was the original inspiration for this work and bore up under the strains of guiding it through its preliminary stages as a dissertation. His advice, inspiration, and the example of his own many fine books have served me in more ways than he knows. Libraries throughout the South have helped me with materials. My own institution provided a research grant enabling me to collect some loose ends.
S. Kennard (editor of the Independent Balance), and George Grady of Desha County, it did not nominate anyone for governor. Despite an effort by the Washington Telegraph to get Judge Hubbard to run, no Whig candidate stood in opposition to R. H. Johnson. 17 Meanwhile the True Democrat reported to the faithful some minor bits of encouraging news. One hundred guns were fired in Benton County in honor of Johnson's nomination, although it was discovered the next morning that some wag had hung Johnson in effigy on the county gallows during the night.
27 The greatest obstacle to a state plan of internal improvements came from the leadership of the Democratic party. Throughout much of the South, the lowering or removal of property qualifications and the popular election of officials diminished the political control of the landed, slaveholding aristocracy. But in Arkansas, the same machine which governed the state in territorial days continued to be in power twenty years later. " All were originally involved in land dealings, the Federal patronage, and eventually state politics.