Post war events infographic

By Rohan Mortha


Arkansas Traveler

The Arkansas traveler was a phrase used all in time for Arkansas. The term found itself as simply a name on riverboat, racehorse, newspaper, and newspaper column, as well as a nickname for any number of people from Arkansas. A social and business organization offering death benefits to members, the Travelers passed from the scene by 1920.


Also, radio was very big in Arkansas mainly because it was the only way to get to everybody to inform them of major things such as tornadoes or other weather emergencies that's not all people also listened to shows on the radio such as lum and Abner, soap operas, and listened to music, etc... But the radio was the most used technology in Arkansas in the 20's because of those reasons

famous people from Arkansas

The great depression

The Great Depression came to Arkansas long before the stock market crash of 1929. The 1920's had been a nightmare for many of the state’s citizens. By the end of the decade, many taxpayers were unable to pay their school, road, and drainage taxes, and the drought of 1930 merely delivered a final crippling blow.

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The New Deal

Many in Arkansas would have suffered The the Great Depression not been for the massive amount of federal money pouring into the state through the FERA, the AAA, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA hired tens of thousands of Arkansans in construction projects, including building roads and erecting public buildings. Other WPA employees interviewed former slaves, wrote county histories, and collected questionnaires on churches throughout the state. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), meanwhile, put many young Arkansas men to work in camps in Arkansas, creating a number of state parks.

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CWA workers on a malaria control project in Arkansas, circa 1933-1934. Photo courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum
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Growing violence


Arkansas were home to newly forming Klan groups during the 1920s. By 1955, the threat of school integration ushered in a new Klan era even though independent Klan groups were a fixture on the American landscape in some way or another from the 1920s on.
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KKK parade at little rock

Sundown towns

thousands of towns across the United States drove out their black populations or took steps to forbid African Americans from living in them. Thus were created “sundown towns,” so named because many marked their city limits with signs
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Siloam springs used to be a sundown town in the 1920's