Ozarks’ History: From the Louisiana Purchase to Pioneering the Plateau 1803-1859
Locked remotely in the heartland of America, the Ozark Plateau has been viewed with suspension and ignorance. Yet the Ozarks is a vast tapestry that has woven diverse people groups into its history for over 200 years. From its Native American tribes to its European explorers and pioneers, we will study the Ozarks and discover the war, feuds, reunions, and baptisms that give the region its distinctive character. In this course, we will explore the origins of its name, discover its topography, flora and fauna, and roam its rivers, prairies, and villages.
Taught by historian Vincent Anderson, this course will give you a foundation for understanding the many catalysts that changed the Ozarks over the last two centuries. Class meets for four weeks: October 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Haley Family conference room on the second floor at The Sheid.