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Dr. S. Ray Granade


Many methods have been found by which two men may solve a dispute between them. The methods can be broadly divided as either violent or nonviolent. Among the violent methods, dueling was considered in the nineteenth century in Arkansas as a proper means of solving disputes concerning politics, honor, and family, as well as trivial matters.

Dueling was not common in Arkansas alone. People practiced it in many states. By 1819 dueling had become a Southern institution. As an institution, dueling had certain rules and regulations. Several books were published on the subject. Among these were An Essay on the Practice of Duelling by Giacomo Sega and John Lyde Wilson's The Code of Honor. The former was printed in Philadelphia in 1830, the latter in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1858.



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