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. This episode features a conversation with Stephen Aron about his award-winning book, American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State.
Stephen Aron holds a PhD in history from University of California-Berkeley. Presently, he is a professor of history at UCLA. In July 2021, he will become President and CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West. He is the author of American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State; How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay; and The American West: A Very Short Introduction. He is also co-author of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World from the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present, and co-editor of Trading Cultures: The Worlds of Western Merchants.