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Major Book Review Session: Brooks Blevins’ trilogy, A History of the Ozarks, with an Emphasis on the ‘Religion of the Ozarks’

When: June 10, 2022, 9:00 am - Friday

Where: Ezell 207

Session 6

Session Abstract

This session explores Brooks Blevins’ recently published trilogy, A History of the Ozarks, with an emphasis on the “Religion of the Ozarks.” One reviewer comments: “A History of the Ozarks is sweeping history in the grand tradition—the native Osage and would-be colonial conquerors, determined settlers and on-the-make speculators, the endless labors of hardscrabble farmers and capitalism of visionary entrepreneurs. 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.”


Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Emeritus, Convener

  • Scott Billingsley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Reviewer
  • John Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University, Reviewer
  • Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi, Emeritus, Reviewer
  • Brooks Blevins, Missouri State University, Respondent

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