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This Place of Promise

A Historian's Perspective on 200 Years of Missouri History

Häftad,  Engelska, 2023-01-30
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Conceived of as a way to commemorate Missouris bicentennial of statehood, this unique work presents the perspective of Gary Kremer, one of the Show-Me States foremost historians, as he ponders why history played out as it did over the course of the two centuries since Missouris admittance to the Union. In the writing of what is much more than a survey history, Kremer, himself a fifth-generation Missourian, infuses the narrative with his vast knowledge and personal experiences, even as he considers what being a Missourian has meantacross the many years and to this dayto all of the states people, and how the forces of historytime, place, race, gender, religion, and classshaped people and determined their opportunities and choices, in turn creating collective experiences that draw upon the past in an attempt to make sense of the present and plan for the future. Key elements of the book include the centrality of race to the Missouri experiencefrom the time Missourians began to seek statehood in 1817 all the way up to the Black Lives Matter movement of the 21st centuryas well as ongoing tensions created by the urban-rural divide and struggle to define the proper role of government in society.
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The breadth of coverage here is impressive and benefits handsomely from the authors command of the states social and political history. His expertise in such a wide range of Missouri topics, particularly the African-American experience and the history of education, shines in the books key themes.Jeremy Neely, Missouri State UniversitySpringfield, author of The Border between Them: Violence and Reconciliation on the Kansas-Missouri Line Gary Kremers engaging and occasionally personalized account of Missouris 200-year post-statehood history manifests his wide-ranging knowledge of the states past, the lived experiences of his multi-generational Missouri family, and his skills as a storyteller. General readers and scholars alike will find much to like in this artfully crafted book marking the bicentennial of Missouri statehood.William E. Foley, University of Central Missouri and author of The Genesis of Missouri: From Wilderness Outpost to Statehood This Place of Promise is a refreshing and enlightening journey through two centuries of Missouri statehood. Leavened with just the right amount of personal reflection from Gary R. Kremer, it is a book that could only be written by a historian from the heart of Missouri who has devoted almost half a century to the study of his home state.Brooks Blevins, Missouri State University, author of A History of the Ozarks, Volume 3: The Ozarkers This Place of Promise is everything that the best history strives to bepassionate, provocative, and powerful. In recounting his own life story and those of others, the famous and the ordinary alike, Kremer captures what it has meant to be a Missourian over the past two centuries of statehood. Its a captivating book, sweeping in its historical scope, meticulous in its research, and masterful in its telling.Patrick Huber, Missouri University of Science and Technology, co-editor of The Hank Williams Reader Some may find Kremers commentary outside the bounds of what a history of the state ought to be. However, he makes clear early in this volume his overarching reason for writing this book. One of the great benefits of studying history, Kremer argues, is that the process provides us with an opportunity to come to grips with why we are the way we are (p. 26). He has done that with a clarity and command of the material that one expects from a master historian. Gary Kremer has served his state well with this candid book.Missouri Historical Review