Excerpt from Dust Jacket: Volume One (Smith County origins through 1875) begins with the movements of the historic Caddoes, and later the Cherokees and their allied tribes. It examines the rush of white and black Americans and the 1850s when Smith County became partners with Dixie, and the Confederacy. The author covers such topics as military installations, civilian life during the war, and gives a brief glimpse of soldiers from Smith County. The Reconstruction completes this volume.
Volume Two (1875 through 1946) opens with four chapters on the county’s political, economic, and social history from the late 1860s to around 1900. The Progressive Era, the “Roaring Twenties,” and a unit on Smith County during World War I are included. The Depression era through World War II round out the heart of Volume Two and a final chapter briefly highlights the history of the modern, post-World War II era.
Author James Smallwood has been a professor of history at Trinity Valley College, Texas A&M at Commerce, Texas Tech University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Seton Hall, The University of Texas at Tyler, and OSU’s branch campus in Kyoto, Japan. He has edited fifteen books, written nine books, and written more that fifty articles.