Although generations of readers of the Little House books are familiar with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s early life up through her first years of marriage to Almanzo Wilder, few know about her adult years. Going beyond previous studies, Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder focuses upon Wilder’s years in Missouri from 1894 to 1957. Utilizing her unpublished autobiography, letters, newspaper stories, and other documentary evidence, John E. Miller describes her sixty-three years of living in Mansfield, Missouri.
Indians and Archaeology of Missouri by Carl H. and Eleanor F. Chapman has been recognized in Missouri and nationally as one of the best books of its kind. The Missouri Historical Review called it “simply indispensable.” The Plains Anthropologist added similar praise: “Clearly written and exceptionally well illustrated…it is the answer to the amateur’s prayers.” Archaeology described it as “a boon to Missouri’s many amateur archaeologists, a useful source of information for professionals and interesting reading for the layman.”
Women in Missouri History, edited by LeeAnn Whites, Mary C. Neth, and Gary R. Kremer, surveys the history of women in Missouri from colonial settlement through the mid-twentieth century. The women featured in these essays come from various ethnic, economic, and racial groups, from both urban and rural areas, and from all over the state. Their stories are told through biographies and through techniques of social history, allowing us to learn not only about the women’s lives individually, but also about how groups of “ordinary” women shaped the history of the state.
In A Creed for My Profession, Ronald T. Farrar provides for the first time a candid look at the remarkable life of Walter Williams, the man who founded the world's first school of journalism at the University of Missouri and perhaps contributed more toward the promotion of professional journalism than any other person of his time. Williams's Journalist's Creed is one of the most widely circulated codes of professional ethics, still in use by journalists today.
Journalism 1908, edited by Betty Houchin Winfield, opens a window on mass communication more than a century ago. It tells how the news media in the United States were fundamentally changed by the creation of academic departments and schools of journalism, by the founding of the National Press Club, and by exciting advances that included early newsreels, the introduction of halftones to print, and even changes in newspaper design.
In A Fatherless Child, Tara T. Green examines the impact of fatherlessness on racial and gender identity formation as seen in black men’s autobiographies and in other constructions of black fatherhood in fiction. Closely examining four works—Langston Hughes’s The Big Sea, Richard Wright’s Black Boy, Malcolm X’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father—Green portrays the intersecting experiences of generations of black men during the twentieth century both before and after the Civil Rights movement.
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