John Newton Sarber and Sarber County, Arkansas is not revisionist history, but a re-visiting of original documents and sources during the time of Reconstruction in Arkansas. The book traces the life of John Sarber, a Radical Republican in Arkansas politics, from his boyhood in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, to his abolitionist family’s move to Kansas, his fighting with the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, and his becoming active in Arkansas, and the contributions he made in the State Legislature.. He also served as a controversial U. S. Marshal in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Was he or was he not a “carpetbagger?” Why was a county in Arkansas named for him?
Mary Frances Hodges has both a Bachelor’s in both English and History, and Master ’s degree in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She has been a classroom teacher for over forty years. She has spoken at national conferences and seminars on the Teaching of Writing.. After twenty years of teaching in the Department of Rhetoric Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock , she retired. Currently she is teaching at colleges in the Central Arkansas area. She is the author of numerous published articles, plus has several entries in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.. She is also the author of two books that deal with Arkansas History. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.