MAGNOLIA – Award-winning author Dr. Nancy Hendricks will portray Arkansas native Hattie Caraway, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, during Southern Arkansas University’s celebration of Constitution Day 2016 on Friday, Sept. 16.
The program will be in the Foundation Hall of the Reynolds Center from noon to 1 p.m. and is open to all faculty, staff, students and community members. Brown bag lunches are welcome.
Hendricks, author of the book Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy, delivers her signature performance in the film Hattie Caraway: The Silent Woman, which has been shown on AETN, and nationwide in her one-person show, Hattie to Hillary: Women in Politics.
Caraway, of Jonesboro, was elected to U.S. Senate in 1932, and made Magnolia one of her campaign stops that year. Hendricks said Caraway and Huey “Catfish” Long of Louisiana, on their campaign tour of Arkansas, spoke on the steps of the Columbia County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Aug. 1, 1932. “I think they would have loved to have the chance to speak at a beautiful indoor space like the Foundation Hall in SAU’s Reynolds Center,” Hendricks said. “I am enormously gratified to be coming to Magnolia.”
Hendricks also authored the Civil War epic, Terrible Swift Sword: Long Road to the Sultana, and America’s First Ladies: The Remarkable Women of the White House. Her newest book, Notable Women of Arkansas: From Hattie to Hillary, 100 Names to Know, was named an Arkansas Gem by the Arkansas State Library to be represented at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
She also wrote the play Miz Caraway and the Kingfish, which portrays the colorful story of Caraway’s 1932 campaign with Long. She holds a doctorate in education along with degrees in English and theatre. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was director of alumni communications at Arkansas State University, where she also taught English.