The University of Arkansas’ History Department website recently heralded the publication of White Man’s Heaven. Here is the text of the announcement:
“Kimberly Harper (MA 2007) began her work on racial violence and ethnic cleansing in the Ozarks in a Department of History research seminar in spring 2006. Her paper blossomed into a master‘s thesis, supervised by Professor Patrick Williams, which, in turn, provided the core of a book White Man‘s Heaven: The Lynching and Expulsion of Blacks in the Southern Ozarks, 1894-1909, newly released by the University of Arkansas Press.
It fully meets the Department‘s high standards, having been praised by some of the top historians in the field. Edward Ayers, author of The Promise of the New South: Life after Reconstruction, says “Kimberly Harper has written a powerful, deeply researched, and persuasive account of the driving of entire communities of African Americans from their homes. These stories of the Ozarks speak of a larger tale of violence and subjugation we must understand if we are to understand the history of this country.” W. Fitzhugh Brundage, who himself has made signal contributions to the study of racial violence, calls White Man‘s Heaven “an uncommonly sophisticated piece of local history that demonstrates why local/micro history is so valuable.” Brooks Blevins of Missouri State University, the dean of Ozarks studies, praises the book as “a valuable contribution to the study of American race relations and the Ozarks.”