Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture: Bryan Jack

Feb
13
10:30 am
Where

Trinity Lutheran Church
14088 Clayton Road (at Woods Mill Road)
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Where

Trinity Lutheran Church
14088 Clayton Road (at Woods Mill Road)
Chesterfield, MO 63017

The Gateway to the South: Understanding Missouri as a Southern State

Sitting near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, St. Louis proudly wears the title of “Gateway to the West,” a status displayed in the Gateway Arch, the city’s iconic landmark. Another landmark, The Old Courthouse (where the Dred Scott case was tried) speaks to St. Louis’s and Missouri’s history of slavery. Thus, we are reminded that a north-south axis along the Mississippi River, not just the relationship between east and west, also shaped St. Louis’s and Missouri’s history and identity. While Missouri is commonly recognized as midwestern, its historical identity is more complicated. The area of Little Dixie along the Missouri River, the conflict with Kansas on Missouri’s western border before and during the Civil War, a history of codified racial segregation, and even the University of Missouri’s recent inclusion in the Southeastern Conference all speak to the state’s identity as “the northernmost southern state.” Using examples from history and popular culture, historian Bryan Jack explores Missouri’s southern identity. The goal of the presentation is not to convince anyone that Missouri is “southern,” but to help people understand how its geography and culture occupies a unique place in American culture.

Host Organization

American Association of University Women, Ballwin-Chesterfield, MO Branch
Chesterfield, MO

Event Contact Information

Mary Jermak
(314) 922-0499
marygjermak@att.net