Missouri Historical Review

The Missouri Historical Review, an award-winning scholarly quarterly, has served as the cornerstone of the Society's publication program since 1906. This richly illustrated journal features recent scholarship on all facets of the state's history. The Missouri Historical Review also contains reviews of and notes on recently published books about the history of the state and local areas and the lives of Missourians. Support the premier journal for Missouri history!

Current issue:

July 2015 (Vol. 109, No. 4)

Feature Articles
Missouri Historical Review Cover

“A Pure Son of Missouri”
Freeman Barrows at the Crossroads of the Slaveholding Frontier
By Jeremy Neely


Navigating Change in the Homophile Heartland:
Kansas City’s Phoenix Society and the Early Gay Rights Movement, 1966–1971

By Kevin Scharlau


“My Girl”
Bill French Goes a Courtin’—The Old and the New in Missouri Ozarks Courtships, 1908–1913

By Benjamin G. Rader


From the Stacks:
   Research Center–Columbia

  Missouri in the Great Depression: The WPA Historical Records Survey Collection
By Laura R. Jolley

Book Reviews

Soldiers in the Army of Freedom: The 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War’s First African American Combat Unit
   By Ian Michael Spurgeon
Reviewed by Earl J. Hess

Wolf by the Ears: The Missouri Crisis, 1819–1821
   By John R. Van Atta
Reviewed by James J. Gigantino II

From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood
   By Nancy McCabe
Reviewed by Pamela Smith Hill

The Civil War in the Border South
   By Christopher Phillips
Reviewed by William Garrett Piston

Merchants of Independence: International Trade on the Santa Fe Trail, 1827–1860
   By William Patrick O’Brien
Reviewed by Jeff Bremer

The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane
   By Richard W. Etulain
Reviewed by Larry Cebula

Book Notes

Mapping St. Louis History: An Exhibition of Historic Maps, Rare Books and Images Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis
By John Neal Hoover

The Settler in Missouri
By Adelbert Count Baudissin; translated by Steven Rowan

Little Lodges on the Prairie: Freemasonry and Laura Ingalls Wilder
By Teresa Lynn

Joe, the Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend
By Ron J. Jackson Jr. and Lee Spencer White

The Great Missouri Raid: Sterling Price and the Last Major Confederate Campaign in Northern Territory
By Michael J. Forsyth

Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land
By Robert Crawford

My Dear Molly: The Civil War Letters of Captain James Love
Edited by M. E. Kodner

Origins of the National Security State and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman
Edited by Mary Ann Heiss and Michael J. Hogan

A Refuge in the Woodlands: A History of the Springfield Federal Transient Camp in Springfield, Missouri
By Sally Lyons McAlear

News in Brief
Cover Image Credit
Spring Landscape, collage with acrylic paint by Joanne Zucco Berneche, created circa 1970. [1975.0132, SHSMO-C]

The Missouri Historical Review is a benefit of membership in The State Historical Society of Missouri.

The Missouri Historical Review (ISSN 0026-6582) is published quarterly by The State Historical Society of Missouri, 1020 Lowry Street, Columbia, MO 65201-7298. Periodicals postage is paid at Columbia, Missouri.

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