“The work of Frazier, Christ, and their colleagues greatly enhances our understanding of life in Arkansas in the period following statehood and preceding the Civil War.”
—Bill Gatewood, director, Old State House Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas
Part military history, part social history, and part history of the westward movement during the major conflict of the 1840s, this anthology of essays bridges the gap between scholarly and popular history. Five contributors have examined the role of the citizen-soldier, the impact of war preparations upon the citizenry, movement of troops and yet-to-be organized volunteers, the war’s effect on Americans’ perception of their nation, and the strain caused by massive territorial acquisition following the war.
The contributors are C. Fred Williams, professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Pedro Santoni of the University of California at San Bernadino; Donald Frazier, professor of history at McMurry University; Elliott West, distinguished professor of history at the University of Arkansas; and William A. Frazier, a Memphis-based historian and writer for the Commercial Appeal.