Homefront Arkansas


Arkansans Face Wartime Past and Present
Velma B. Branscum Woody and Steven Teske
978-0-9800897-9-0 (paper)
November 2009


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From the Mexican War to modern combat in the Middle East, Arkansans have been part of America’s struggle to maintain democracy and keep the peace at home and around the globe. Now, young readers can live this history in Homefront Arkansas: Arkansans Face Wartime.

Written by historians Velma B. Branscum Woody and Steven Teske, the nine stories in Homefront Arkansas provide a factual and compelling backdrop for Arkansas’s history as seen through its conflicts. Fascinated readers will follow Arkansans into battle and see its effects on them as well as their loved ones back home.

In the state’s early days, Arkansans answered the call to war as Americans prepared to fight against Mexico. In another story, a wounded Civil War soldier stumbles onto a homestead after a battle at Poison Springs, forever changing the family there. In 1875, Arkansans are forced to take sides in the Brooks-Baxter War, involving two men each claiming to be the governor of Arkansas. Though the characters are imaginary, their settings and the challenges they faced are real.

Velma B. Branscum Woody is the author of Bandits, Bears and Backaches: A Collection of Short Stories Based on Arkansas History, also published by Butler Center Books.

Steven Teske works on the staff of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, located in the Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock. He is also an adjunct instructor for the Arkansas State University–Beebe campus located at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.

Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.