On the Home Front: Arkansas during WWI
1917 marks an often overlooked turning point in Arkansas’s history. The same year that saw United States’ entrance into the world war also saw the advent of women’s suffrage in the state and the beginnings of the “Great Migration” of African Americans out of Arkansas and out of the South. This talk will explore Arkansans’ experience of the war years—as soldiers, as draft resisters, as citizens, and as seekers of a better life.
Patrick G. Williams is professor of history at the University of Arkansas, editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and secretary-treasurer of the Arkansas Historical Association. He holds a PhD from Columbia University and is author of Beyond Redemption: Texas Democrats after Reconstruction (2007) and coeditor of A Whole Country in Commotion: The Louisiana Purchase and the American Southwest (2005) and “I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Over”: First-Person Accounts of Civil War Arkansas from the Arkansas Historical Quarterly (2014).