We suggest that you use the two bibliographies listed here (List One and List Two) to develop your materials collection to aid Arkansas history instruction. Think of these lists as the priority in which you should acquire titles, either through purchase as part of your normal library order or from selection from the BASE inventory. “List One” should be your top priority with “List Two” being the next group of titles to acquire. Many of the titles on these lists you may already have in your library.

While any title in BASE is a useful addition, books on these two lists represent "the best of the best" and would provide a solid foundation for your Arkansas collection. The primary focus of these lists is Arkansas history, but significant works by noted writers from Arkansas, both fiction and non-fiction, are also included.

Some recommended titles we may not have in the BASE inventory when you are reviewing it, though we will try to purchase as many titles in multiple copies as we can with monetary donations received and thanks to the Arkansas Legislature's appropriation in support of BASE and its goals. We add to the BASE inventory throughout the year through donated books and through purchase. Our primary book order each year is placed during the summer as our BASE "season" is geared to the school year.


Abbott, Shirley. Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South. (memoir) B0153
Abbott, Shirley. Bookmaker's Daughter (memoir) B0012
Angelou, Maya. Complete Collected Poems (poetry) B0030
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (biography) B0225
Arnold, Morris. Colonial Arkansas, 1686-1804: A Social and Cultural History (history) B0129
Arnold, Morris. The Rumble of a Distant Drum: The Quapaws and Old World Newcomers, 1673-1804 (history) B0193
Barry, John. Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America (history) B0037
Beals, Melba Pattillo. Warriors Don’t Cry (memoir) B0052
Blevins, Brooks. Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol' Boys Defined a State (history)
Bolsterli, Margaret Jones. During Wind and Rain : the Jones Family Farm in the Arkansas Delta, 1848-2006 (history)
Bolton, S. Charles. Arkansas, 1800-1860: Remote and Restless (history) B0036
Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (history) B0246
Cahill, Bernadette. Arkansas women and the right to vote : the Little Rock campaigns, 1868-1920 (history) B1230
Christ, Mark. Civil War Arkansas, 1863 (history) B0552
Christ, Mark, ed. Sentinels of History: Reflections on Arkansas Properties on the National Register of Historic Places (history) B0360
Daniel, Pete. Deep'n As It Come: The 1927 Mississippi River Flood (history) B0039
DeBlack, Tom. With Fire and Sword: Arkansas, 1861-1874 (history) B0582
Donovan, Timothy, et. al., eds. The Governors of Arkansas: Essays in Political Biography (history) B0748
Finley, Randy. From Slavery to Uncertain Freedom: The Freedman’s Bureau in Arkansas, 1865-1869 (history) B0085
Gordon, Fon. Caste & Class: The Black Experience in Arkansas, 1880-1920 (history) B0089
Gordy, Sondra Hercher. Finding the Lost Year : What Happened When Little Rock Closed Its Public Schools? (history)
Graves, John William. Town and Country: Race Relations and Urban Development in Arkansas, 1865-1905 (history) B0509
Harington, Donald. Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks: A Novel (fiction) B0562
Hendricks, Nancy. Senator Hattie Caraway : an Arkansas legacy (biography) B0719
Hill, Elizabeth Griffin. Faithful to our Tasks: Arkansas's Women and the Great War (history) B0692
Jacoway, Elizabeth. Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis that hocked the Nation(history) B0260
Johnson, Ben. Arkansas in Modern America: 1930-1999 (history) B0043
McMath, Sidney. Promises Kept: A Memoir (biography) B0257
Moneyhon, Carl. Arkansas and the New South, 1874-1929 (history) B0044
Moneyhon, Carl. The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on Arkansas: Persistence in the Midst of Ruin (history) B0583
Noland, C.F.M. Cavorting on the Devil's Fork: The Pete Whetstone Letters of C.F.M. Noland (frontier humor) B0123
Polston, Mike and Guy Lancaster. To can the Kaiser : Arkansas and the Great War (history) B1229
Portis, Charles. True Grit (fiction) B045
Stockley, Grif. Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas (biography) B0090
Stockley, Grif. Race Relations in the Natural State (history) B0093
Stockley, Grif. Ruled By Race : Black/White Relations in Arkansas From Slavery to the Present (history)
Whayne, Jeannie, et. al. Arkansas: A Narrative History (history) B0073
Whayne, Jeannie, ed. The Arkansas Delta: Land of Paradox (history) B0094
Williams, Miller. (any of his poetry collections) (poetry) B0095
Woodward, C. Vann. The Strange Career of Jim Crow (history) B0058


Arsenault, Raymond. The Wild Ass of the Ozarks: Jeff Davis and the Social Bases of Southern Politics (history)
Blair, Diane and Jay Barth. Arkansas Politics and Government (political science)
Brockmeier, Kevin. A Brief History of the Dead (fiction)
Brown, Dee. When the Century Was Young (memoir)
Christ, Mark, ed. Rugged and Sublime: The Civil War in Arkansas (history)
Compton, Neil. The Battle for the Buffalo River (history)
Dougan, Michael. Arkansas Odyssey (history)
Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music (fine arts) B0712
Fletcher, John Gould. Selected Poems of John Gould Fletcher (poetry)
Gilchrist, Ellen. Collected Stories (fiction)
Gilchrist, Ellen. In the Land of Dreamy Dreams (fiction)
Gilchrist, Ellen. Victory Over Japan (fiction)
Grubbs, Donald. Cry from the Cotton: The Southern Tenant Farmers' Union and the New Deal (history)
Harington, Donald. (any of his novels). (fiction)
Harington, Donald. Let Us Build Us A City: Eleven Lost Towns (history)
Harkins, Anthony. Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon (history)
Hays, Donald. Dixie Association (fiction)
Hays, Donald. Dying Light; And Other Stories (fiction)
Holley, Donald. The Second Great Emancipation: The Mechanical Cotton Picker, Black Migration, and How They Shaped the Modern South (history)
Howard, John. Concentration Camps and the Home Front: Japanese Americans in the House of Jim Crow (history)
Jones, Douglas. The Barefoot Brigade (fiction)
Jones, Douglas. Elkhorn Tavern (fiction)
Portis, Charles. The Dog of the South (fiction)
Pryor, David. A Pryor Commitment (memoir)
Pulaski County Historical Society. Capital County: Historical Studies of Pulaski County, Arkansas (history)
Reed, Roy. Faubus (biography)
Reed, Roy. Looking Back at the Arkansas Gazette: An Oral History (history)
Roberts, Bobby and Carl Moneyhon. Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Arkansas in the Civil War (history)
Smith, Kenneth. Sawmill: The Story of Cutting the Last Great Virgin Forest East of the Rockies (history)
Stewart, Trenton Lee. (any of The Mysterious Benedict Society series) (fiction)
Stockley, Grif. Blood in Their Eyes: The Elaine Race Massacres of 1919 (history)
Sutherland, Daniel. A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War (history) B0550
Taylor, Orville. Negro Slavery in Arkansas (history)
Welky, Ali, ed. A captive audience : voices of Japanese American youth in World War II Arkansas (history) B1228 Woodruff, Nan. As Rare As Rain: Federal Relief in the Great Southern Drought of 1930-31 (history)
Woodward, C. Vann. The Burden of Southern History (history)


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