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New Book on LBJ by U of A Researcher: Prisoners of Hope

There was a time in American history when politics worked, said Randall B. Woods, a University of Arkansas historian who has written a new book about President Lyndon Johnson’s sweeping legislative agenda known as “The Great Society.” In Prisoners of Hope: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society, and the Limits of Liberalism, Woods presents the first comprehensive history of the Great Society, exploring both the breathtaking possibilities of visionary politics, as well as its limits. To hear Woods discuss the book, listen to the new podcast below. Over the course of his time in office, 1963-1968, the height of the...

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The Driving Force Behind Helping Others

Prosocial behavior, the act of doing things for the benefit of others, is in many ways the glue that holds society together. But what drives people to help others? That is the question David Schroeder, professor of psychological science and director of experimental training at the University of Arkansas, has been asking for much of his career as a social psychologist. He and co-editor William Graziano, professor of psychological sciences at Purdue University, offer a comprehensive look at prosocial behavior and its psychological driving forces in The Oxford Handbook of Prosocial Behavior, published this summer. Prosocial behavior caught Schroeder’s...

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Slavery and Secession in Arkansas

At the dawn of the Civil War, slavery was growing faster in Arkansas than almost everywhere else in the United States. In 1860, one-fourth of the state’s population was in bondage. In the featured image above, geologist David Dale Owen created an engraving showing a slave pulling water from Lee’s Creek in Crawford County, Arkansas, published in his 1858 report on the geology of the northern counties of the state. Protecting the institution was in the thoughts and words of Arkansans at that time, according to a new book that examines private and published documents in Arkansas between 1859 and 1861. Slavery and Secession in...

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Impostor State: Literary and Cultural Appropriations of the Memory of the Muisca and Indigenous America

Luis F. Restrepo, Professor of Spanish, Latin American and Latino Studies, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies – Impostor State: Literary and Cultural Appropriations of the Memory of the Muisca and Indigenous America – Universidad de Antioquia Press The book examines the literary and artistic representations of the conquest of what is now Colombia, from the colonial period to the present, particularly in relation to current efforts of the indigenous communities to receive cultural and political recognition from the Colombian state and society at...

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