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The genesis of Missouri : from wilderness outpost to statehood

Author: William E Foley
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When Missiouri became the twenty-fourth state in the Union in 1821, it was already heir to a rich and varied historical legacy. From 1673 until the Louisiana Purchase, Europeans of different nationalities, assisted by the Africans they brought with them, competed alternately with Indians and among themselves for control of the land. But while land and resources were the target of the struggle, the region's cultural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Foley, William E., 1938-
Genesis of Missouri.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1989
(OCoLC)551301901
Online version:
Foley, William E., 1938-
Genesis of Missouri.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1989
(OCoLC)607748738
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William E Foley
ISBN: 0826207278 9780826207272 0826207243 9780826207241
OCLC Number: 19554204
Description: x, 367 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Exploring the wilderness --
Missouri's French foundations --
Creating a Spanish barrier --
You cannot lock up an open field --
Villages and farmsteads, common fields and clearings --
Galleries, gumbo, and "La Guignolee" --
We are all now Americans --
The beginnings of republican government --
Pettifoggers, renegadoes, and impatient natives --
The turmoil continues --
Territory in transition --
An uneasy interlude --
Defending the American republic's western border --
A land of promise --
Beyond the Sabbath --
Missouri comes of age --
Epilogue : The legacy of colonial and territorial Missouri.
Responsibility: William E. Foley.

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When Missiouri became the twenty-fourth state in the Union in 1821, it was already heir to a rich and varied historical legacy. From 1673 until the Louisiana Purchase, Europeans of different nationalities, assisted by the Africans they brought with them, competed alternately with Indians and among themselves for control of the land. But while land and resources were the target of the struggle, the region's cultural identity was being determined by the mingling and clashing of diverse cultures -- Indian, French, African, Spanish, and Anglo-American. The story of the blending of those diverse cultures in a land rich in resources and beauty is an extraordinary tale. Especially appealing to many readers will be the attention Foley gives to common Missourians, to the status of women and Blacks, and to Indian-White relations. In this account, the pioneer hunters, trappers, and traders who roamed the Ozark hills and the boatmen who traded on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers take their places beside the small coterie of prominent St. Louisans whose wealth and influence enabled them to dominate the region politically and economically. - Back cover.

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