History of Arkansas

For each number below, pick one of the three items to write a 200 word (or more) answer.

1. Mountain Meadows Massacre and Slavery (pages 123-137 in textbook). Pick one of these three:
a. What factors led to the tragedy of the Mountain Meadows Massacre?
b. Technically, in 1860 there were only 11,481 slave owners in Arkansas out of a population of over 435,000. What made this small group so important in the state’s economy and politics?
c. Defenders of slavery argued that slaves were actually contented and well treated. What evidence exists that this was not the case?

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2. Secession through the Battle of Pea Ridge (pages 138-160). Pick one of these three:
a. Based on the Resolutions of March 20, 1861 (that giant 11×17 handout I gave you in class), what were the main concerns of Arkansas’s ruling class?
b. Why do you think so many non-slave owning white Arkansans were willing to kill and die for the Confederacy?
c. What factors led to the Union victory at the Battle of Pea Ridge?

3. From after Pea Ridge through end of Civil War (pages 160-186). Pick one of these three:
a. What do you find interesting and/or significant about Thomas Hindman?
b. Who was David O. Dodd and why did he become such an important person to many southerners?
c. Pick one of the following military actions and tell me what you find interesting about it: Prairie Grove, Helena, Poison Springs, or guerilla warfare in Arkansas.

4. Reconstruction (pages 187-214). Pick one of these three:
a. In general, do you think the North was too harsh or too lenient in dealing with the South during Reconstruction? Give examples.
b. How would you judge the governorship of Powell Clayton?
c. Some say that life for African Americans after the Civil War was no better than life during slavery. Do you agree or disagree and why?

5. Redemption (pages 210 and 217-220). Pick one of the following people and tell what you think makes them an interesting and/or significant person in Arkansas history.
a. Augustus Garland
b. Isaac Parker
c. Bass Reeves

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