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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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(p.237) Epilogue
A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2

Brooks Blevins

University of Illinois Press

The brief epilogue, which is meant to serve as a sort of interpretive bridge to volume 3, recounts the story of the Christian County, Missouri, Bald Knobbers and the national press that these vigilantes received in the late 1880s, culminating in a triple hanging in 1889. This last segment of the Bald Knobber saga marks a watershed in the history of the region as the point at which the “cultural Ozarks” starts to emerge in the American consciousness--a point that is extended in the first chapter of volume 3.

Keywords:   Bald Knobbers, regional identity, yellow journalism, The Shepherd of the Hills, Harold Bell Wright

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