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Conflict in the Ozarks : Hill Folk, Industrialists & Government in Missouri's Courtois Hills - David Benac

Conflict in the Ozarks

Hill Folk, Industrialists & Government in Missouri's Courtois Hills

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Published: 1st November 2010
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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.

Benac applies research and detective work skills in reconstructing cultural attitudes, both among the area's impoverished rural residents and the more landed and wealthy who had the potential to benefit from turning land into enclosed pasture.... a superb addition to Missouri state history shelves, highly recommended especially for college library -- January 2011 "Midwest Book Review"

ISBN: 9781935503125
ISBN-10: 193550312X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 182
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32