Missouri Historical Review


The Missouri Historical Review, an award-winning scholarly quarterly, has served as the cornerstone of SHSMO's publication program since 1906. This richly illustrated journal features recent scholarship on all facets of the state's history. The Missouri Historical Review also contains reviews of and notes on recently published books about the history of the state and local areas and the lives of Missourians.

Receiving the Missouri Historical Review is one of many benefits of becoming an SHSMO member. You can also make a contribution directly supporting the journal. Questions about purchasing individual issues, past or current, should be sent to contact@shsmo.org.

Past Issues

Current Issue

January 2017 (Vol. 111, No. 2)

Feature Articles

The Making (and Perpetuating) of a Myth
Pierre Laclède and the Founding of St. Louis
87 By Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person The Influence of Border State Culture on George Armstrong Custer and Jesse James 104 By T. J. Stiles Creating the Lung Block
Racial Transition and the "New Public Health" in a St. Louis Neighborhood, 1907–1940
124 By Taylor Desloge

From the Stacks

Research Center–Kansas City
Birth of the "Kansas City Spirit": The Campaign to Build Convention Hall
By Lucinda J. Adams

Book Reviews

Extreme Civil War: Guerrilla Warfare, Environment, and Race on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier
By Matthew M. Stith
Reviewed by Jeremy Neely Unjust Deeds: The Restrictive Covenant Cases and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement
By Jeffrey D. Gonda
Reviewed by David Lucander Gender and the Jubilee: Black Freedom and the Reconstruction of Citizenship in Civil War Missouri
By Sharon Romeo
Reviewed by Lea VanderVelde Missouri Law and the American Conscience: Historic Rights and Wrongs
Edited by Kenneth H. Winn
Reviewed by Austin Allen White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
By Nancy Isenberg
Reviewed by Ken Fones-Wolf Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
By J. D. Vance
Reviewed by Wayne Flynt Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt
By Timothy G. Anderson
Reviewed by Greg Olson From Furs to Farms: The Transformation of the Mississippi Valley, 1762–1825
By John Reda
Reviewed by Jacob F. Lee

Book Notes

The Missouri River Journals of John James Audubon
Edited by Daniel Patterson
Records from Post Waynesville, 1862–1865
Compiled and edited by John Bradbury and Terry Primas
The Civil War on the Mississippi: Union Sailors, Gunboat Captains, and the Campaign to Control the River
By Barbara Brooks Tomblin
Local Glories: Opera Houses on Main Street, Where Art and Community Meet
By Ann Satterthwaite
A Divided City: A History of St. Louis, 1851 to 1876
By Frederick A. Hodes
Haunted Columbia, Missouri
By Mary Collins Barile
A Place of Visions: One Hundred Years of the University of Missouri Libraries, 1915–2015
By Steve Weinberg

News in Brief


Cover Image Credit

Chestnut Street, St. Louis, photograph by Charles Trefts (1887–1963), 1946. [Trefts Collection, P0034-1343, SHSMO-C]