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A history of the Ozarks

Author: Brooks Blevins
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018-]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. Starting with the history of the region and its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brooks Blevins
ISBN: 9780252041914 0252041917 9780252042737 0252042735 9780252044052 0252044053
OCLC Number: 1010556411
Description: volumes : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Volume 1. The old Ozarks --
Volume 2. The conflicted Ozarks.
Responsibility: Brooks Blevins.

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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. Starting with the history of the region and its inhabitants, it begins in deep prehistory, charting how these highlands of granite, dolomite, and limestone came to exist. From there, it turns to the political and economic motivations behind the eagerness of many peoples to possess the Ozarks. These early proto-Ozarkers are placed within the context of larger American history and the economic, social, and political forces that drove it forward. 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.

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"Brooks Blevins is an expert in weaving many diverse strands into a seamless tapestry." --Arkansas Democrat Gazette "Reading this book both teaches and delights. Blevins has taken on a big, biting, Read more...

 
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