Election drama rampant in 1880s, 1890s Plumerville

For the past year, political commentators have assured their listeners that American society is more polarized now than at any time prior to the Ci...

November 25, 2022
2:20 AM

For the past year, political commentators have assured their listeners that American society is more polarized now than at any time prior to the Civil War. But most people forget about the violence of the 1880s and 1890s, when conservative Democrats in Arkansas sought to reassert their cultural and political dominance after a period of interracial Republican rule. In the Conway County community of Plumerville, actions such as voter intimidation and the theft of ballot boxes were flagrant and seemingly condoned by public officials, but the violence became more widely known after the assassination of a congressional candidate, John Clayton.

Guy Lancaster