“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.”
—Edward L. Ayers, President, University of Richmond, and author of The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction
“An uncommonly sophisticated piece of local history that demonstrates why local / micro history is so valuable.”
—W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor, University of North Carolina, and author of Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880–1930
“A valuable contribution to the study of American race relations and the Ozarks.”
—Brooks Blevins, Noel Boyd Associate Professor of Ozarks Studies, Missouri State University, and author of Arkansas / Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State
“It fully meets the Department‘s high standards, having been praised by some of the top historians in the field.”
–University of Arkansas History Department, Department News, posted August 25, 2010.
“What Harper has done in this book is to throw open an ugly history that many people in the region would be content to leave forgotten, even though it is still there in local memory and hushed folklore. Harper’s book is an important contribution for specialists in the field, but is also essential reading for anyone who lives in the southern Ozarks. The story she tells of ‘a dark mark upon the land yet to be removed’ demands a reckoning.”
—Jarod Roll, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Summer 2011
White Man’s Heaven is a “well-written and creatively researched work. . . . The author movingly documents ‘a dark mark upon the land yet to be removed.'”
—The Journal of American History, Dec. 2011
“This is required reading for researchers interested in how lynching and expulsion are indispensable for understanding an important but oftentimes unacknowledged phenomenon in US History.”
—Choice, July 1, 2011
“An invaluable work”
– John William Graves, Journal of Southern History, February 2012 issue.