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THE GATEWAY TO THE SOUTH: UNDERSTANDING MISSOURI AS A SOUTHERN STATE

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Bryan Jack is an associate professor of historical studies at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He is the editor of Southern History on Screen: Race and Rights, 1976–2016, and The Saint Louis African American Community and the Exodusters. His articles have appeared in The Griot and the Councilor, and in international publications from the British Association of American Studies and American Studies of Turkey. Jack earned his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor’s degree from Baker University. He lives in the city of St. Louis.

THE GATEWAY TO THE SOUTH: UNDERSTANDING MISSOURI AS A SOUTHERN STATE
Sitting near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, St. Louis proudly wears the title the “Gateway to the West,” a status displayed in the Gateway Arch, the city’s iconic landmark. Another landmark, The Old Courthouse (the Dred Scott case) speaks to St. Louis’s and Missouri’s history of slavery. Thus, we are reminded that a north-south axis along the Mississippi River, not just the relationship between east and west, also shaped Missouri’s history and identity. While Missouri is commonly recognized as Midwestern, its historical identity is more complicated. The area of “Little Dixie” along the Missouri River, the border conflict with Kansas during the Civil War, a history of codified racial segregation, and even Mizzou’s inclusion in the Southeastern Conference all speak to Missouri’s identity as “the northernmost southern state.” Using examples from history and popular culture, Bryan Jack explores Missouri’s Southern identity. The goal of the presentation is not to convince anyone that Missouri is “Southern,” but to help people understand how Missouri’s geography and culture occupy a unique place in American culture.

Intended Audience: Adults, AAUW, and general public
(Q&A segment follows the presentation).

VENUE
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Jefferson City
1021 Northeast Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109

ORGANIZER
American Association of University Women-Jefferson City Branch
Charlotte Parsons
Phone:314.394.1122
Email: caep@aol.com

Details

Date:
October 3
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Venue

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Jefferson City
1021 Northeast Drive
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109
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