Missouri Historical Review


The Missouri Historical Review, an award-winning scholarly quarterly, has served as the cornerstone of SHSMO's publication program since 1906. This richly illustrated journal features recent scholarship on all facets of the state's history. The Missouri Historical Review also contains reviews of and notes on recently published books about the history of the state and local areas and the lives of Missourians.

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Past Issues

Current Issue

July 2017 (Vol. 111, No. 4)

Feature Articles

George Caleb Bingham and the Disputed Missouri House Race of 1846
A New Interpretation of the Artist's Election Paintings
235 By Charles E. Valier "Imprudent Utterances"
Loyalty, Liberty, and the Role Reversal for German Missourians from the
Civil War to World War I
259 By Steve Ehlmann Slavery and Schism
The Rupture of the American Home Missionary Society in Pre–Civil War Missouri
284 By Scott N. Morse

From the Stacks

Research Center–St. Louis
The Women as Change Agents Oral History Collection
By Josephine Sporleder

Book Reviews

Before Dred Scott: Slavery and Legal Culture in the American Confluence, 1787–1857
By Anne Twitty
Reviewed by Timothy S. Huebner The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West
By Matthew C. Hulbert
Reviewed by Aaron Sheehan-Dean Down on Mahans Creek: A History of an Ozarks Neighborhood
By Benjamin G. Rader
Reviewed by J. Blake Perkins The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America
By Mark Sundeen
Reviewed by Timothy Miller The American Artist: The Life and Times of George Caleb Bingham
Documentary film directed by Keith Johnson and Shane Seley
Reviewed by Nenette Luarca-Shoaf

Book Notes

The Aerial Crossroads of America: St. Louis's Lambert Airport
By Daniel L. Rust
How to Speak Midwestern
By Edward McClelland
The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858–1861
By Glen Sample Ely
The Lynching of Thomas Rose of Lincoln County, Missouri in Quincy, Illinois
Compiled by Thomas Ray Rose
Missouri Memories (1934–1947)
By Thomas H. Olbricht
Jefferson County, Missouri: History and Families
By the Jefferson County Genealogical Society

News in Brief


Index to Volume 111


Cover Image Credit

In this untitled photo believed to have been taken in about 1910, the St. Louis-based photographer Charles Trefts rides a bicycle past a church, with his camera equipment on his back. In a career spanning more than sixty years, Trefts (1887-1963) left a significant pictorial record of Missouri, including many artistic images of scenic views within the state. [Trefts Collection, P0034-1781, SHSMO-C]