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LBJ and The Great Society   Short Talks From The Hill” is a podcast highlighting research and scholarly work across the University of Arkansas campus. Each segment features a university researcher discussing his or her work. In this episode, Randall Woods, Distinguished Professor of history in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, discusses Prisoners of Hope, his new book about Lyndon Baines Johnson and The Great Society. Chris Branam: Hello, and welcome to Short Talks from the Hill.  A podcast from the University of Arkansas.  I’m Chris Branam.  On this episode, Randall Woods, distinguished professor of history discusses President Lyndon Johnson’s...

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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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Diamonds and Guns

Todd Cleveland conducted his fieldwork while sometimes carrying an AK-47. How many researchers can say that? Cleveland, assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas, traveled to Africa in the mid-2000s – funded in part by a Fulbright-Hays research fellowship – to study the history of diamond mines in Angola. He was a graduate student at the University of Minnesota at the time. In the aftermath of World War II, the governments of newly independent African states, both democratic and despotic, joined industry giant De Beers and other corporations to oversee and profit from diamond mining activity on...

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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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The Impact of the Revolutionary War in New Jersey

A new book edited by a University of Arkansas historian sheds light on New Jersey’s central role in the Revolutionary War. The state was home to more sustained and intense fighting over a longer period of time than any other state during the eight-year war. The war’s effects were seen both on the front lines and the home front, which became blurred because of the numerous battles that were fought there, said James Gigantino II, editor of The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where Battlefront Meets the Home Front. “The war was a struggle for average people who were...

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