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, Christopher Phillips discusses Nathaniel Lyon, Claiborne Fox Jackson, and the Civil War on the American Middle Border.
Christopher Phillips holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Georgia. He is the John and Dorothy Hermanies Professor of American History and University Distinguished Professor in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border, The Civil War in the Border South, The Making of a Southerner: William Barclay Napton's Private Civil War, Missouri's Confederate: Claiborne Fox Jackson and the Creation of Southern Identity in the Border West, Damned Yankee: The Life of General Nathaniel Lyon, and Freedom's Port: The African American Community of Baltimore, 1790-1860. He is the co-editor of The Union on Trial: The Political Journals of Judge William Barclay Napton, 1829-1883.