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The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Missouri State Archives, located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City. The series is underwritten by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives.

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A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2: The Conflicted Ozarks

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 @ 7 p.m.




The Ozarks of the mid-1800s was a land of divisions. The uplands and its people inhabited a geographic and cultural borderland straddling Midwest and West, North and South, frontier and civilization, secessionist and Unionist. Join us as Missouri State University Professor of History Brooks Blevins presents his second volume of the history of the Ozarks beginning with the region's distinctive relationship to slavery and moving on to the devastating Civil War years. Blending personal stories with a wide narrative scope, he will examine how civilians and soldiers alike experienced the war and how it stunted the region's growth, delaying the development of Ozarks society and the processes of physical, economic and social reconstruction.

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