The Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries, will host Brooks Blevins for an author talk and signing of his newly published book, “A History of the Ozarks, Volume 3: The Ozarkers.”
The book is the third and final volume in Blevins's monumental history of the region. Chronicling the Ozarks from the late 19th to the early 21st century, the author focuses on the cultural history of the region in the context of the American story. Blevins tackles myths and misconceptions about the Ozarkers as they journey into the modern period and embrace progress, while struggling with barriers presented by poverty and geographic isolation.
Blevins is Missouri State University’s first Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies and is a respected scholar with a broad range of interests extending from the history of American higher education to agriculture, religion, and society in the U.S. South. His first volume in the History of the Ozarks series won the Missouri History Book Award from the State Historical Society of Missouri, as well as the Arkansiana Award from the Arkansas Library Association.