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The story of the blending of diverse cultures in a land rich in resources and beauty is an extraordinary one. 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 place beside the small coterie of St. Louisans whose wealth and influence enabled them to dominate the region politically and economically. Especially appealing for many readers will be the attention Foley gives to common Missourians, to the status of women and blacks, and to Indian-white relations.
Posted June 25, 2004
Dr. Foley not only presents Missouri's early history with outstanding scholarship but also writes with great economy of words, saying the most with the least. I read this book originally while taking Missouri History under Dr. Foley. When a fire destroyed my first copy a few years ago, I made sure to replace it. If you enjoy Missouri History, this book belongs on your shelf.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.