Arkansas Tech University faculty member Dr. Kelly Houston Jones has made a contribution to the study of slavery in the United States by writing “A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas.”
The 284-page tome is described by publisher University of Georgia Press as “the first book-length study of Arkansas slavery in more than 60 years.”
The description goes on to state that the book “looks at the lives of bonded Black Arkansans, their relationship with the land they farmed and the ways in which they created a new culture for themselves out of what was arguably the harshest phase of American slavery.”
Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
A member of the ATU faculty since 2018, Jones is an assistant professor of history. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics such as Civil War and Reconstruction, Southern women’s history, the history of Arkansas and African American history.
Jones’ book is the third published by faculty members from the ATU Department of History and Political Science this year. It is the 21st consecutive year that members of the ATU history and political science faculty have published one or more books.
“A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas” will be available for purchase beginning March 31, 2021.
Learn more about “A Weary Land” at https://ugapress.org/book/9780820360201/a-weary-land/.
Learn more about the ATU Department of History and Political Science at www.atu.edu/history.