The War at Home brings together some of the state’s leading historians to examine the connections between Arkansas and World War I. These essays explore how historical entities and important events such as Camp Pike, the Little Rock Picric Acid Plant, and the Elaine Race Massacre were related to the conflict as they investigate the issues of gender, race, and public health. This collection sheds new light on the ways that Arkansas participated in the war as well as the ways the war affected Arkansas then and still does today.
Supported by the Old State House Museum, a museum of the Arkansas Department of Heritage.
Mark K. Christ is a program director at the Central Arkansas Library System who has worked in historic preservation in Arkansas for nearly three decades. He is the editor or coeditor of many books, including Rugged and Sublime: The Civil War in Arkansas and I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Over: First-Person Accounts of Civil War Arkansas.
Shawn Fisher – Arkansas and the Great War: Southern Soldiers Fight for a National Victory
Elizabeth Griffin Hill – Arkansas’s Women and the Great War
Carl G. Drexler – Gearing Up Over Here for “Over There”: Manufacturing in Arkansas during World War I
Cherisse Jones-Branch – “Fighting, Protesting, and Organizing”: African Americans in World War I Arkansas
Raymond D. Screws – “To Carry Forward the Training Program”: Camp Pike in the Great War and the Legacy of the Post
Brian K. Mitchell – Soldiers and Veterans at the Elaine Race Massacre
Thomas A. DeBlack – Epidemic!: The Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Its Legacy for Arkansas
Jeannie M. Whayne – World War I and Woman’s Suffrage in Arkansas
Roger Pauly – Paris to Pearl in Print: Arkansas’s Experience of the March from the Armistice to the Second World War through the Newspaper Media
“Mark Christ has assembled a cadre of first-rate historians who address a whole range of topics in these interesting essays on the impact of World War I on Arkansas.”
—Tom Dillard, Arkansas history columnist and former president of the Arkansas Historical Association