The essays in The Other Missouri History explore a wide range of topics in Missouri social history. By dealing with the lives of ordinary Missourians, these pieces examine the effects of significant social and ecomic change at all levels of society. With a broader scope in Missouri history than previous studies, this book demonstrates how Missourians have been affected by issues of race, class, and gender.Gregg Andrews's essay, The Racial Politics of Reconstruction in Ralls County, 1865 1870, examines how race shaped the political culture in Ralls County during the Reconstruction Era. Andrews argues that race-baiting was used prominently by editors of the Ralls County Record to discredit Radicals in the county and was perhaps the most powerful political weapon that conservatives and later Democrats could use to gain the allegiance of voters.Farmers are ather popular topic for those practicing the other Missouri history. Michael J. Steiner's The Failure of Alliance/Populism in Northern Missouri provides insight into the ecomic and rhetorical reasons for the failure of Populism in Missouri. Steiner contends that white farmers in rthern Missouri were happy with the status quo and rejected calls for radical reform and major change in the agricultural ecomy.Women began to become active in public life during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Janice Brandon-Falcone's Constance Runcie and the Runcie Club of St. Joseph examines the first two decades of an important women's club that still exists in St. Joseph, Missouri.Also included in The Other Missouri History are essays by Deborah J. Henry, Daniel A. Graff, Bonnie Stepeff, Robert Faust, and Amber R. Clifford.Because of the diverse issues addressed, this volume will appeal to general readers of Missouri and Midwestern history, as well as to those who teach courses in history and have sought a supplemental text.
Thomas M. Spencer is Assistant Professor of History at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. He is the author of The St. Louis Veiled Prophet Celebration: Power on Parade, 1877-1995 (University of Missouri Press).