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DeBlack to Speak at Old State House

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Dr. Thomas A. DeBlack, professor of history at Arkansas Tech University, will offer a lecture at the Old State House in Little Rock at noon on Wednesday, June 1, as part of the Old State House Museum Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

DeBlack's lecture is entitled "The Rights and Rank to Which We Are Entitled: A Retrospective on Statehood." His presentation will focus on the people and events associated with the statehood movement in Arkansas.

A member of the Arkansas Tech faculty since 1995, DeBlack (photographed) is a past president of the Arkansas Historical Association and the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers.

DeBlackĀ is also an award-winning author. In 2003, he received the first Butler-Remmel Arkansas History Literary Prize for his book "With Fire and Sword: Arkansas 1861-74." He co-authored the college-level textbook "Arkansas: A Narrative History," which was recognized by the Arkansas Library Association with its Arkansiana Prize in 2003.

DeBlack's areas of teaching and research emphasis are Arkansas history, the Old South, the New South, the Civil War and Reconstruction and the American West.

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