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Defining Moments
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Defining Moments explores how all Arkansas governors since Sid McMath (a group that has produced a president, two U.S. senators, and two presidential contenders) acted in times of crisis. These ten exceptional leaders stand out in Arkansas history and politics for having had their personal and political mettle tested by issues concerning education, the environment, social justice, the conduct of politics, race, and more of the nation’s defining debates. The governors and situations covered include Sid McMath’s bout with the Dixiecrats; Francis Cherry’s ploy to label his opponent a Communist; Orval Faubus’s decision to block integration at Little Rock Central High; Winthrop Rockefeller’s tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on the State Capitol steps; Dale Bumpers’s battle against political corruption; David Pryor’s veto of the U.S. Corps of Engineers’s Bell Folley Dam; Frank White’s endorsement of Creationism; Bill Clinton’s decision to test public school teachers; Jim Guy Tucker’s bold solution for the Medicaid program and his resignation; and Mike Huckabee’s quest to consolidate the state’s high school districts.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. ix
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  1. FOREWORD
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. PROLOGUE
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. SID McMATH: 1949-1953
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. FRANCIS CHERRY: 1953-1955
  2. pp. 15-20
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  1. ORVAL FAUBUS: 1955-1967
  2. pp. 21-36
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  1. WINTHROP ROCKEFELLER: 1967-1971
  2. pp. 37-48
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  1. DALE BUMPERS: 1971-1975
  2. pp. 49-62
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  1. DAVID PRYOR: 1975-1979
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. FRANK WHITE: 1981-1983
  2. pp. 75-88
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  1. BILL CLINTON: 1979-1981; 1983-1992
  2. pp. 106-125
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  1. JIM GUY TUCKER: 1992-1996
  2. pp. 109-120
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  1. MIKE HUCKABEE: 1996-2007
  2. pp. 121-138
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  1. EPILOGUE
  2. pp. 137-138
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  1. INTERVIEWS
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 143-151
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