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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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Reconstructing Society and the Economy in the Ozarks

Reconstructing Society and the Economy in the Ozarks

(p.185) 5 Reconstructing Society and the Economy in the Ozarks
A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2

Brooks Blevins

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 5 charts the other part of the Reconstruction experience--the activities of social and economic reconstruction. Extending the story into the late 1880s, it follows the rapid construction of rail lines into much of the Ozarks, the heyday of steamboating on the region’s rivers, modest efforts at manufacturing, and the growth of the timber and mining industries. In addition, chapter 5 examines efforts to rebuild the public education systems of Arkansas and Missouri and Reconstruction-era movements to cultivate higher education in the Ozarks.

Keywords:   economic reconstruction, railroads, steamboats, St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, timber industry, lead mining, zinc mining, Joplin, higher education, tie hackers

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