Whayne traces the emergence of a transformed southern plantation system in the Arkansas delta decades after the end of the Civil War. By manipulating laws and federal and state agencies to gain control over land policy, Poinsett County planters fought to maintain their place on the land amidst tenancy, sharecropping, and the mechanization of farming.
About the Author
Jeannie M. Whayne is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Arkansas and editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly. Her edited books include Cultural Encounters in the Early South: Indians and Europeans in Arkansas; Shadow over Sunnyside: An Arkansas Plantation in Transition, 1830-1945; and (with Willard B. Gatewood) Arkansas Delta: Land of Paradox.