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Monday, September 3, 2018

It’s Monday, What are You Reading? A History of the Ozarks, Vol. 1

It’s Monday, What are You Reading?
A History of the Ozarks: 
Vol. 1, The Old Ozarks
by Brooks Blevins

This post is the one-hundred and fifty-fourth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

It is interesting how some books just come along at the right time. This seems to be one. 2nd chapter on Native American tribes moving through in late 1700s to 1820s, especially interesting to me with my fiction work. Good background. My previous research was good, just not in depth. This fills in some detail that was useful.

Book Description from Amazon:

Geologic forces raised the Ozarks. Myth enshrouds these hills. Human beings shaped them and were shaped by them. The Ozarks reflect the epic tableau of the American people—the native Osage and would-be colonial conquerors, the determined settlers and on-the-make speculators, the endless labors of hardscrabble farmers and capitalism of visionary entrepreneurs. The Old Ozarks is the first volume of a monumental three-part history of the region and its inhabitants. Brooks Blevins begins in deep prehistory, charting how these highlands of granite, dolomite, and limestone came to exist. From there he turns to the political and economic motivations behind the eagerness of many peoples to possess the Ozarks. Blevins places these early proto-Ozarkers within the context of larger American history and the economic, social, and political forces that drove it forward. But he also tells the varied and colorful human stories that fill the region's storied past—and contribute to the powerful myths and misunderstandings that even today distort our views of the Ozarks' places and people. A sweeping history in the grand tradition, A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1: The Old Ozarks is essential reading for anyone who cares about the highland heart of America.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

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