The Missouri Crisis is the name that has been given to the turmoil the United States was thrown into by Missouri’s application for statehood. The tensions that emerged in that crisis existed not only in Missouri but across the nation, and their suppression and reemergence in the Civil War mark a pattern that continues today. Missouri history—from the Crisis early in the nineteenth century to the crisis in Ferguson early in the twenty-first century—is marked by these tensions, and those marks are visible in the literature of Missouri. Examining a range of works by Missouri writers, this talk will explore not only the history and literary history of the state but also the future of Missouri as a place to live in and write about.
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Space is limited. Click here to register.
This program is sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council and State Historical Society of Missouri.