Once again, the State of Arkansas has adopted ""An Arkansas History for Young People"" as an official textbook for middle-level and/or junior-high-school Arkansas history classes. This fourth edition incorporates new research done after extensive consultations with middle-level and junior-high teachers from across the state, curriculum coordinators, literacy coaches, university professors, and students themselves. It includes a multitude of new features and is now full color throughout. This edition has been completely redesigned and now features a modern format and new graphics suitable for many levels of student readers.The completely revised fourth edition includes new unit, chapter, and section divisions as well as five brand-new chapters. This edition also has two ""special features"": one on the Central High School crisis of 1957 and another on the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. It also has new and interesting features for students like the ""Guide to Reading,"" ""County Quest,"" ""I Am an Arkansan,"" ""Did You Know?"" ""Only in Arkansas,"" ""A Day in the Life,"" ""Chapter Reflection"" questions and activities, over forty-five new content maps, and a comprehensive new map atlas.
Shay E. Hopper is an eighth-grade Arkansas history and journalism teacher and a ninth-grade yearbook sponsor at Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville. T. Harri Baker was professor emeritus of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Jane Browning is the executive director of the International Community Corrections Association in Washington, D.C.