D. Blair Center
OF SOUTHERN POLITICS and SOCIETY
The Clinton Riddle Perspectives on the Forty-second President
In 2002 a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars gathered at the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas to provide a critical evaluation of the Clinton-Gore administration. Their groundbreaking assessment of the most controversial president in modern times treats such crucial topics as race, women, and minorities; the character issue; foreign policy; and the media. This book provides a unique vantage point on the “Clinton riddle” that all future studies will need to consider.
Todd G. Shields is director of the Blair Center, chair of the Political Science Department, and associate professor of political science at the University of Arkansas, and the author of Money Matters: Campaign Finance Reform and Congressional Elections. Jeannie M. Whayne is chair of the History Department and professor of history at the University of Arkansas, editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and the author or co-author of numerous books, including the award-winning A New Plantation South: Land, Labor, and Federal Favor in the Twentieth Century Arkansas (University of Virginia Press). Donald R. Kelley is the director of the Fulbright Institute of International Relations and professor of comparative politics at the University of Arkansas, and the editor of After Communism: Perspectives on Democracy (University of Arkansas, 2003) and Soviet Politics from Brezhnev to Gorbachev.
A Whole Country in Commotion The Louisiana Purchase and the American Southwest
A new look at Jefferson’s “noble bargain”
Bringing together the work of prominent scholars and rising stars in southern, western, and Indian history, A Whole Country in Commotion explores lesser-known aspects of one of the better-known episodes in U.S. history. While the purchase has been seen as a great boon for the United States, doubling the size of the new nation and securing American navigation on the Mississippi River, it also brought turmoil to many.
Looking past the triumphal aspects of the purchase, this book examines the “negotiations among peoples, nations and empires that preceded and followed the actual transfer of territory.” Its nine essays highlight the “commotion” the purchase stirred up—among nations, among Louisiana residents and newcomers, even among those who remained east of the Mississippi.
Many of these essays look at the portion of the Louisiana territory that would become Arkansas to illustrate the profound impact of the purchase on the diverse populations of the American Southwest. Others explore the woeful commotion brought to many thousands of lives as Jefferson’s “noble bargain” set the stage for the forced migration of native and African Americans from the east to the west of the Mississippi
This book is supported by The Blair Center for Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas.
Patrick G. Williams is an assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas and associate editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly. He is the coauthor of Mapping America’s Past: A Historical Atlas.
S. Charles Bolton is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is the author of Territorial Ambition: Land and Society in Arkansas, 1800–1840 (Arkansas) and Arkansas, 1800–1860: Remote and Restless. (Arkansas)
Jeannie M. Whayne is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas, director of the Arkansas Center for Oral and Visual History, editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and secretary-treasurer of the Arkansas Historical Association. She is co-author of Arkansas: A Narrative History (Arkansas), and co-editor of The Clinton Riddle: Perspectives on the Forty-second President (Arkansas)
The Blair Center
of Southern Politics and Society
428 Old Main
Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Todd Shields, Director