The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on Arkansas: Persistence in the Midst of Ruin
by Carl H. Moneyhon
University of Arkansas Press, 2002
Paper: 978-1-55728-735-9 | eISBN: 978-1-61075-199-5
Library of Congress Classification E553.M66 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 976.704

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This groundbreaking study, first published in 1994, draws on a rich variety of primary sources to describe Arkansas society before, during, and after the Civil War. While the Civil War devastated the state, this book shows how those who were powerful before the war reclaimed their dominance during Reconstruction. Most importantly, the white elite's postwar commitment to a cotton economy led them to set up a sharecropping system very much like slavery, in which workers had little control over their own labor. In arguing for both change and continuity, Moneyhon reconciles contemporary accounts of the war's effects while addressing ongoing debates within the historical literature.
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