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UA Press Author Spotlight: John C. Davis

"From Blue to Red: The Rise of the GOP in Arkansas"

2024-05-15 18:00:00 2024-05-15 19:00:00 America/Chicago UA Press Author Spotlight: John C. Davis "From Blue to Red" is a fascinating look at how Arkansas went from being one of the country’s most solidly Democratic states to one of its most ardently Republican in just a few years. Fayetteville Public Library - Meeting: The Willard & Pat Walker Community Room

Wednesday, May 15
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-05-15 18:00:00 2024-05-15 19:00:00 America/Chicago UA Press Author Spotlight: John C. Davis "From Blue to Red" is a fascinating look at how Arkansas went from being one of the country’s most solidly Democratic states to one of its most ardently Republican in just a few years. Fayetteville Public Library - Meeting: The Willard & Pat Walker Community Room

Fayetteville Public Library

Meeting: The Willard & Pat Walker Community Room

"From Blue to Red" is a fascinating look at how Arkansas went from being one of the country’s most solidly Democratic states to one of its most ardently Republican in just a few years.

On the morning of Election Day 2010, Democrats occupied three of the four Arkansas seats in the US House of Representatives, both US Senate seats, all state constitutional offices, and decisive majorities in both chambers of the Arkansas General Assembly. By the time votes were counted that evening, it was clear that the balance of power had shifted. Within five years, Arkansas Republicans would hold all six US congressional positions and every state constitutional seat and claim growing supermajorities in both state chambers. Since then, Republicans have enjoyed robust electoral success in Arkansas—formerly the last remaining state of the “Solid South” held by Democrats.

From Blue to Red: The Rise of the GOP in Arkansas provides a rigorous yet accessible study of this partisan shift, tracking changes in voter preference at the top of the ticket in the 1960s, generational replacement in Arkansas’ political power structure in the 1990s, and the emergence of a more nationalized and polarized electorate in the 2000s, among other developments. 

Book sales provided by Pearl's Books.

All abilities are welcome. For disability accommodations, call 479.856.7250 or email questions@faylib.org 2-3 weekdays before a program.

 

John C. Davis is the executive director of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History and associate teaching professor of political science at the University of Arkansas. An eighth-generation Arkansan, Davis lives with his family in Fayetteville.

The University of Arkansas Press advances the mission of the University of Arkansas by publishing peer-reviewed scholarship and literature of enduring value. They curate a list of books by authors of diverse backgrounds writing for specialty as well as general audiences in Arkansas and throughout the world.

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