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, Sharon Romeo discusses how freedwomen and enslaved women fought for their freedom and rights in Missouri during the Civil War.
Sharon Romeo holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Classics, and Religion at the University of Alberta. She is the author of Gender and the Jubilee: Black Freedom and the Reconstruction of Citizenship in Civil War Missouri.