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.

Receiving the Missouri Historical Review is one of many benefits of becoming an SHSMO member. You can also make a contribution directly supporting the journal. Questions about purchasing individual issues, past or current, should be sent to contact@shsmo.org.

Past Issues

Current Issue

July 2016 (Vol. 110, No. 4)

Feature Articles

In Memoriam
Lawrence O. Christensen, 1937–2016
235 By Gary R. Kremer Kansas City's Crusader
Leon Birkhead and the Fight against Fascism
237 By Thomas Howell Nazi Scientists in the Land of Mark Twain
The US Bureau of Mines Synthetic Fuels Demonstration Plant at
Louisiana, Missouri, 1945–1953
260 By Jeff Schramm
Richard Symmes Thomas
Unwavering Conservative in the Early Missouri Judiciary
277 By Matthew W. Hall

From the Stacks

Research Center–Springfield
"A Nice Cottage Where We Always Stop":
The Branson Lodging Postcards Collection and Early Ozarks Tourism
By Erin Smither

Book Reviews

The Collapse of Price's Raid: The Beginning of the End in Civil War Missouri
By Mark A. Lause
Reviewed by Jeffrey Patrick Sharecropper's Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union, and the African American Song Tradition
By Michael K. Honey
Reviewed by Scott Holzer Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship
By Robert Bussel
Reviewed by John W. McKerley Success Depends on the Animals: Emigrants, Livestock, and Wild Animals on the Overland Trails, 1840–1869
By Diane L. Ahmad
Reviewed by Will Bagley Nuclear Energy and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman
Edited by J. Samuel Walker
Reviewed by Jeff Schramm

Book Notes

Wayne County, Missouri Veterans' History
Edited by Charles Francis
Born a Slave: Rediscovering Arthur Jackson's African American Heritage
By David W. Jackson
Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year behind Bars Taught Me about America's Prison Crisis
By Jeff Smith
Missouri's Mad Doctor McDowell: Confederates, Cadavers, and Macabre Medicine
By Victoria Cosner and Lorelei Shannon
The Electric Pencil: Drawings from Inside State Hospital No. 3
By James Edward Deeds Jr.
Racism in Kansas City: A Short History
By G. S. Griffin
A Nice Place to Visit: Tourism and Urban Revitalization in the Postwar Rustbelt
By Aaron Cowan

News in Brief


Index to Volume 110


Cover Image Credit

Don't Let That Shadow Touch Them: Buy War Bonds, 1942, offset-lithographic poster produced by the US Department of the Treasury, after a painting by Lawrence Beall Smith (1909–1995). [Art Collection, SHSMO-C, 2006.0005.14]