Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture: Brooks Blevins

Nov
09
2:00 pm
Where

Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University
518 S Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Where

Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University
518 S Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

The Old Ozarks: The Mountains and Their Myths

This presentation explores the early history of the Ozark region through the lens of popularly held perceptions and myths of the region. It involves the presentation of these myths (or at least oversimplified perceptions) and then exposes them by revealing the real history behind the myths. For example, the myth of the “Scots-Irish Ozarks” leads into a discussion of the surprising degree of racial and ethnic diversity in the pre–Civil War Ozarks, including the role of “immigrant Indians” in Old Ozarks affairs and the prominence of slavery in many locales. The myth of the feuding Ozarks leads into a discussion of the “Slicker War” and other episodes of violence, including examination of their root causes. The myth of the isolated Ozarks leads into a discussion of the many evidences of the region’s connections with regional and national markets, such as the centrality of lead mining in the Old Ozarks and the survival of antebellum store ledgers that offer a window into rural and small-town commerce. Overall, the presentation introduces audiences to a more realistic vision of the Old Ozarks by challenging the things we think we know about the region.

Host Organization

Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO (Cape Girardeau County)

Event Contact Information

Ellen Hahs
(573) 986-8243
ehahs@semo.edu