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SHSMO has a variety of publications available that celebrate Missouri's rich history and heritage. In addition to a wide range of historical books on art, the civil war, slavery, and small towns, you will find publications that illustrate the history of eras and regions from all corners of the state.

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  1. A Centennial History
    $30.00

    In this well-written and solidly researched study, Alan R. Havig provides the history of the first one hundred years of the State Historical Society of Missouri, which counts thousands of Missouri citizens as members and touches the lives of thousands more through its programs.

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  2. Cycle of the West Cover
    $35.00

    A Cycle of the West rewards its readers with a sweeping saga of the American West and John G. Neihardt's exhilarating vision of frontier history. It is infused with wonder, nostalgia, and a keen appreciation of epic history.

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  3. A History of Missouri: Volume I, 1673-1820
    $30.00

    Including a completely revised and updated bibliography, A History of Missouri: Volume I, 1673 to 1820 covers the pre-statehood history of Missouri, beginning with the arrival in 1673 of the first Europeans in the area, Louis Jolliet and Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette, and continuing through the development and growth of the region, to the final campaign for statehood in 1820. In tracing the broad outlines of Missouri's development through the formative years, the author examines the origins of Missouri's diverse heritage as the region passed under the control of French, Spanish, and American authorities.

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  4. A History of Missouri: Volume II, 1820-1860
    $30.00
    With a newly revised bibliography, A History of Missouri: Volume II, 1820 to 1860 covers the turbulent years of Missouri's adolescence—from statehood to the outset of the Civil War. Learn More
  5. A History of Missouri: Volume III, 1860-1875
    $30.00

    A History of Missouri: Volume III, 1860 to 1875, now available in paperback with a new, up-to-date bibliography, follows the course of the state's history through the turbulent years of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Increasingly bitter confrontations over the questions of secession and neutrality divided Missourians irreparably in 1861, with the result that the state was represented in the armies both of the North and of the South. During the next four years, Missouri would be the scene of several important battles, including Wilson's Creek and Westport, and much bloody combat as secessionist guerrillas and Union militias engaged in constant encounters throughout the state. Indeed, Missouri probably saw more military encounters during the war than any other state.

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  6. A History of Missouri: Volume IV, 1875-1919
    $30.00
    Drawing on original research in primary sources, this comprehensive study covers such topics as the Constitution of 1875, the impact of railroad expansion, the 1904 World's Fair, the Populist and Progressive movements, and World War I. It also deals with less familiar topics, such as the state's use of convict labor to save taxpayers money, the emergence of women's clubs, the arrival of moving pictures, and the terrible conditions under which coal miners worked and lived. Learn More
  7. A History of Missouri: Volume V, 1919-1953
    $30.00
    This interpretation of Missouri's history from the end of World War I until the return of Harry Truman to the state after his presidency describes the turbulent political, economic, and social changes experienced by Missouri's people during those years. Learn More
  8. A History of Missouri: Volume VI, 1953-2003
    $25.00

    A History of Missouri: Volume VI is the final volume of A History of Missouri. Beginning at the close of the Truman presidency and ending in 2003, the two hundredth anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase agreement and of the organization of the Lewis and Clark expedition, Volume VI explains how modern Missouri bridged the years between the mid-twentieth century and the new millennium.

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  9. Cover
    $18.00

    He bought the car a dozen years ago. Together, they traveled every mile of every road on his highway map, a 250,000 mile journey to discover the real America beyond the interstate. Real people. Obscure places. Forgotten facts. His story unfolds in Missouri, but it could be about any state, any traveler who drives into America’s hidden heart.

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  10. A Rough Business: Fighting the Civil War in Missouri
    $25.00

    Edited with an introduction by William Garrett Piston, A Rough Business is an anthology of previously published Missouri Historical Review articles. Readers interested in the trans-Mississippi Civil War will learn much about its impact on the lives of civilians and soldiers who endured its horrors.

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