Archive | Timothy Flint

Young Men Making Their Way on the Border

How does a young man establish himself in a raw new border community?  In early 19th-century Arkansas, as in many other places, money and family connections were the key.  The men who had already risen to power by the time Thomas Stevenson Drew arrived in the territory in 1827 had come as the heirs of […]

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Everything Changes: the Arrival of the Steamboats

“It is  now refreshing, and imparts a feeling of energy and power to the beholder,  to see the large and beautiful steamboats scudding up the eddies, as though on the wing; and when they have run out the eddy, strike the current.  The foam bursts in a sheet quite over the deck.  She quivers for […]

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