Anarchy in Arkansas: The Brooks-Baxter War at 150

Anarchy in Arkansas: The Brooks-Baxter War at 150
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Apr 20, 10:00AM
Apr 20, 02:00PM
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In the spring of 1874, a dispute between rival factions of Arkansas’s Republican party over the fraud-plagued results of the 1872 gubernatorial election erupted in spasms of armed violence that made the eyes of the nation turn toward the state. Known as the Brooks-Baxter War, it is ill-remembered and even less understood by many Arkansas citizens, even though its aftermath continues to influence the state's governance to this day.

Join us Saturday, April 20, from 10am to 2pm, as the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas State Archives and Historic Arkansas Museum present “Anarchy in Arkansas,” an interpretation and commemoration of the Brooks-Baxter War.

The program will be held at the Old State House and includes presentations by Arkansas historians, interspersed with readings taken from contemporary journalism and correspondence, telling the story of “Arkansas’s very own Civil War” in the words of those who were there. The venue is particularly appropriate, since much of the conflict took place within or nearby the graceful onetime state capitol.

Registration is $10.00 per person and includes a boxed lunch.


For more info, contact the Old State House Museum’s Georganne Sisco, 501-324-8641, or [email protected] .

No physical ticket is necessary, a registration list will be kept at the door.

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