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A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2The Conflicted Ozarks$
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Brooks Blevins

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042737

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042737.001.0001

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A Region on the Divide

A Region on the Divide

Chapter:
(p.7) 1 A Region on the Divide
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A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2
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Brooks Blevins

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042737.003.0002

Chapter 1 provides the backdrop to disunion and warfare. It chronicles slave life and the impact of slavery on Ozarks society in the tense decade preceding the outbreak of war. Using the nomenclature introduced by historian Ira Berlin, the chapter argues that the Ozark region as a whole was a “society with slaves,” but that pockets of “slave society” existed within it. The chapter also illustrates the conflicted nature of both white and Native American Ozarks society as it related to the slavery issue.

Keywords:   slavery, slave life, election of 1860, antebellum politics, Kansas Border War, Democrats, Republicans

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