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By Michael B. Dougan

 This e-book fills an extended status hole in nation histories facing the interval of the Civil battle within the western frontier that was once Arkansas. in response to newspaper articles, criminal files, letters, diaries, recollections, songs, and legitimate army reviews, Dougan’s account offers a whole photo of the political scenario simply sooner than the warfare, and set the level for the state’s access into the warfare regardless of the destiny that just a 3rd of the inhabitants supported secession. 

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Its construction was hailed as a cure-all. " Work was begun, but the contractor ran into trouble. One of the surveyors admitted that the route was bad, but said he and his associates had gone ahead Knowing that an important interest in the territory depended on that report, and also, of the effect it would have to announce to the people that no communication could be had with the Mississippi by means of a road. Traveler G. W. Featherstonhaugh reported that the surveyors, "following the example of the ancient Roman roads in England, [had] taken the shortest line to get to the top, and carried it up at about an angle of sixty degrees.

He successfully avoided "the friction of antagonism," and his name rarely figured in the newspapers. Charles Fenton Mercer Noland noted, just before Hindman's onslaught, that "Wm. K. " Because the legislature was unlikely to select two senators from the same town, Hindman made every effort to destroy Sebastian. 3 Allies for Hindman came at an opportune moment. The state legislature passed an act cutting state taxes, which Governor Conway vetoed on the grounds that it amounted to repudiation of the state debt.

Finally a compromise was worked out giving the yeoman control of the lower house, but tilting the balance in the upper in favor of the planters. 18 In the eyes of many, Arkansas needed a bank to provide her with much needed capital. With Jackson's victory over the Bank of the United States and internal improvements, Arkansas could not count on any Federal assistance. Thus the first Page 6 legislature chartered two banks. One was the Real Estate Bank, owned by private stockholders, who mortgaged 127,000 acres officially valued at $48 an acre.

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