Conflict in the Ozarks: Hill Folk, Industrialists, and Government in Missouri's Courtois Hills

Truman State University Press

At the end of the nineteenth century, the rugged landscape of the Courtois Hills in the Missouri Ozarks was host to an isolated society of tenacious inhabitants, who subsisted almost entirely on the resources of its rich forests. It was this same valuable timber that drew the Missouri Lumber and Mining Company to the area, and sparked an enduring cultural and environmental struggle. Author David Benac has composed a riveting history through his careful look at government documents, company records, local newspapers, and oral histories. This work examines more than sixty years of major social and economic changes for the fiercely independent residents and for the forest itself. In less than a century, the Courtois Hills saw the end of a near hunter-gatherer existence, the rise and fall of the profitable but devastating timber industry, and the beginning of a new era of conservation and environmental awareness.
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About the author

David Benac is associate professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University.

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Publisher
Truman State University Press
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Published on
Nov 1, 2010
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781935503125
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Language
English
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Genres
History / United States / 19th Century
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