In honor of the state's 200th birthday, Our Missouri will feature a series throughout 2021 entitled "Bicentennial Book Club," which highlights influential books related to Missouri and examines how scholars, historians, and authors dissect major topics in the state's history. So, join the "Book Club" to hear about award-winning publications that detail the state's diverse history, as well as the stories behind the stories featured within their pages. In this episode, Joel P. Rhodes discusses his book, A Missouri Railroad Pioneer, and offers a historiographical perspective on Louis Houck's writings on early Missouri.
Joel P. Rhodes holds a PhD in History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Presently, he serves as a professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University. He is the author of The Sixties in the Lives of American Children: Growing Up in a Land Called Honalee, The Voice of Violence: Performative Violence as Protest in the Vietnam Era, and A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: the Life of Louis Houck.