By Michael B. Dougan
This booklet fills a protracted status hole in country histories facing the interval of the Civil conflict within the western frontier that used to be Arkansas. in line with newspaper articles, felony files, letters, diaries, recollections, songs, and professional army reviews, Dougan’s account offers a whole photograph of the political state of affairs simply sooner than the conflict, and set the level for the state’s access into the conflict regardless of the destiny that just a 3rd of the inhabitants supported secession.
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37 Thus, on the eve of the explosion of the sectional conflict, much of the state remained the home of crude, illiterate, violent, hard-fisted yeomanry, prospective planters, and men looking for the main chance. " Her political affairs remained the exclusive preserve of an entrenched oligarchy, and her thoughts and aspirations were focused more on getting ahead than on getting out of the Union. The conditions portrayed in the famous print "the Arkansas Traveler," based on the experience of Sandford C.
But the "family" managed to successfully organize the conventions. Conventions, the independents found out, were also subject to manipulation. The process was as follows: Township meetings were held first, followed by county meetings. In these county meetings delegates were selected to the state convention, and resolutions on state and national affairs were passed. Frequently these meetings were marked by fights, fraud, intimidation, and charges and counter-charges by opposing factions. " In 1860 two county conventions were held there, each claiming to he the authorized meeting, and issuing manifestos denouncing each other.
Morrill was in Little Rock lobbying to get his town made the capital. All this occurred because every little town or hamletVan Buren, Camden, Fulton, Washington, Pocahontas, Pine Bluff, et alwanted to be on the line and begrudged any neighboring town the same advantage. 27 The greatest obstacle to a state plan of internal improvements came from the leadership of the Democratic party. Throughout much of the South, the lowering or removal of property qualifications and the popular election of officials diminished the political control of the landed, slaveholding aristocracy.