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Up Against the WallUp Against the Wall
Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party

Curtis J. Austin
With a Foreword by Elbert “Big Man” Howard

Austin carefully highlights the internal tension between advocates of a more radical position than the Panthers took, who insisted on military confrontation with the state and those, such as Newton and David Hilliard, who believed in making community organizing and alliance building their first priorities. (more …)

6 x 9 420 pages, 20 photographs, 12 drawings, index
$34.95 cloth
1-55728-827-5 (978-1-55728-827-1)

Educating the MassesEducating the Masses
The Unfolding History of Black School Administrators in Arkansas, 1900–2000

Editor: C. Calvin Smith
Contributing Editor: Linda Walls Joshua

This book, researched and prepared by the Research Committee of the Retired Educators of Little Rock and Other Public Schools, outlines the challenges to generations of black administrators in the state, and it maps their achievements. It also offers the first reference guide to the personnel who have educated generations of black children through the most extreme of circumstances. (more …)

2003, 160 pages
$29.95 cloth (s), 1-55728-755-4

2005, 194 pages
$14.95 paper (s), 1-55728-806-2

Dangerous LiaisonsDangerous Liaisons
Sex and Love in the Segregated South

Charles F. Robinson II

In the tumultuous decades after the Civil War, as the southern white elite reclaimed power, “racial mixing” was the central concern of segregationists who strove to maintain “racial purity.” Segregation—and race itself—was based on the idea that interracial sex posed a biological threat to the white race. . . . (more …)

2003, 160 pages
$29.95 cloth (s), 1-55728-755-4

Understanding the Little Rock Crisis
An Exercise in Remembrance and Reconciliation

Edited by Elizabeth Jacoway and C. Fred Williams

In the fall of 1957, Gov. Orval Faubus used the Arkansas National Guard to prohibit nine black children from entering Little Rock's Central High School. In the fall of 1997, the "Little Rock Nine" returned to Central High, this time escorted by President Bill Clinton. In the forty years that had intervened, the United States witnessed substantial changes in American race relations, but the city of Little Rock had not overcome its legacy of strife. The two-year crisis, once over, left behind confusion and misunderstanding. Racial and class-based mistrust lingers in the city of Little Rock, and, nationally and internationally, perceptions of Arkansas are still tied to the decades-old images of hatred and strife that marked the Little Rock crisis.

In 1997, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock sponsored a gathering of scholars who traced the origins and addressed the legacy of the Central High crisis. Elizabeth Jacoway and C. Fred Williams commissioned a series of original and insightful papers that discussed economic, constitutional, historical, and personal aspects of the crisis and of segregation. Jacoway and Williams have collected the best of these papers, by such authors as Sheldon Hackney, Joel Williamson, and James Cobb and offer them here in the hope of enhancing understanding of, and creating a dialogue about, this defining moment in American history.

This collection of accessible and provocative essays on a signal event in civil rights in this nation will resonate broadly and appeal to a diverse audience.

A recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Elizabeth Jacoway has published several books on Southern history, including Yankee Missionaries in the South (Louisiana State University Press, 1980) and Southern Businessmen and Desegregation (Louisiana State University Press, 1982). She served on the Planning Committee for Little Rock Central High Museum.

A professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, C. Fred Williams has published several books on Arkansas, including Arkansas: An Illustrated History of the Land of Opportunity (Windsor Publishing, 1986). His articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Agricultural History, the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and the Journal of Southern History.

1999, 192 pages, 18 illustrations
$22.95 paper (s), 978-1-55728-530-0 | 1-55728-530-6

Bitters in the Honey
Tales of Hope and Disappointment across Divides of Race and Time

Beth Roy

The story of what happened at Little Rock's Central High School in September of 1957 is one with which most Americans are familiar. Indeed, the image of Central High's massive double staircase—and of nine black teenagers climbing that staircase, clutching their schoolbooks, surrounded by National Guardsmen with fixed bayonets—has become wedded in the American consciousness to the history of the civil-rights struggle in this country. The world saw the drama at Central High as a cautionary tale about power and race.

Drawing on oral histories, Beth Roy tells the story of Central High from a fresh angle. Her interviews with white alumni of Central High investigate the reasons behind their resistance to desegregation. The alumni, now near retirement age, discuss their lives since Central High and their present insecurities and resentments. The stories tell of the shaping of white identities in the latter half of the twentieth century, of dissatisfaction, even anger, that still lingers after forty years.

Our country has not moved beyond matters of race: we have not left intolerance behind. To do so, Roy believes, we must stop demonizing people whose actions, historical or current, we do not fully understand. This elegantly written treatment of the Central High crisis is unique among studies done to date. It will help readers to better comprehend the complexity of racism, not only as it was evidenced at Central High in 1957, but as it continues to impact our lives today.

Beth Roy, a trained sociologist and practicing therapist, has published several books on social conflict, including Some Trouble With Cows (University of California Press, 1994) and On a Tree of Trouble (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974). A recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant and a grant from the Fund for Research in Dispute Resolution, she delivered the final paper at the Little Rock Crisis symposium, forty years after the events at Central High.

1999, 256 pages
$34.95 cloth (s), 978-1-55728-553-9 | 1-55728-553-5
$24.95 paper (s), 978-1-55728-554-6 | 1-55728-554-3

Breaking the Silence
The Little Rock Women's Emergency Committee to
Open Our Schools, 1958–1963

Sara Murphy, Edited by Patrick C. Murphy III

"This is one of the great stories of courage and conviction that have grown out of the American experiment in democracy. Sara Murphy was one of the foot soldiers—and one of the heroes—in the continuing struggle to make the American dream a reality for all of our people."

—Elizabeth Jacoway, co-editor of
Understanding the Little Rock Crisis

1997, 272 pages
$24.95 paper (s), 978-1-55728-515-7 | 1-55728-515-2

Civil Obedience
An Oral History of School Desegregation in Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1954–1965

Edited by Julianne Lewis Adams and Thomas A. DeBlack

Here is the oral history of a southern school system that implemented desegregation with quiet dignity. In the struggle for civil rights, calm compliance is rarely documented, but Adams and DeBlack have recorded peace in the words of the educators and students who created it.

1994, 224 pages
$29.95 cloth (s), 978-1-55728-358-0 | 1-55728-358-3
$17.95 paper (s), 978-1-55728-359-7 | 1-55728-359-1




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