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Books Eligible for Missouri Experience Paper (Missouri History course)

"Do not pick two on the same subject; other editions of these books are fine." - Prof. Pasley

To check for any book's availability at the University Library, it is usually easiest to look it up by title in the MERLIN catalog. Scope the search out to MOBIUS if there's no copy available locally.

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Andrews, William L. From Fugitive Slave to Free Man: The Autobiographies of William Wells Brown. New York: Mentor, 1993.
Baker, Josephine. Josephine. Translated by Jo Bouillon. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
Berlin, Edward A. King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Capeci, Jr., Dominic J. The Lynching of Cleo Wright. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 1998.
Crouch, Stanley. Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. New York: Harper, 2014.
Greenspan, Ezra. William Wells Brown: An African American Life. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.
Hughes, Langston. The Big Sea: An Autobiography. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993.
Kremer, Gary R. James Milton Turner and the Promise of America: The Public Life of a Post–Civil War Black Leader. 2nd edition. Columbia: University of Missouri, 1991.
McLaurin, Melton A. Celia: A Slave. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1991.
McMurry, Linda O. George Washington Carver: Scientist and Symbol. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
Pegg, Bruce. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry, An Unauthorized Biography. New York & London: Routledge, 2002.
Rose, Phyllis. Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time. New York: Doubleday, 1989.
Thomas, James. From Tennessee Slave to St. Louis Entrepreneur: The Autobiography of James Thomas. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1984.
Wilson, Elinor. Jim Beckwourth: Black Mountain Man, War Chief of the Crows, Trader, Trapper... Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.

 

ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, & WRITERS
Adams, Henry. Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989.
Baker, Josephine. Josephine Translated by Jo Bouillon. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
Benton, Thomas Hart. An Artist in America. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1983.
Berlin, Edward A. King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Buskin, Richard. Sheryl Crow: No Fool to This Game. New York: Billboard Books, 2002.
Cannaday, Marilyn. Bigger Than Life: The Creator of Doc Savage. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1990.
Caron, James E. Mark Twain, Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008.
Crouch, Stanley. Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. New York: Harper, 2014.
Einarson, John. Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds’ Gene Clark. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2005.
Fraser, Caroline. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder New York: Picador, 2018.
Holtz, William. The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1995.
Hotchner, A. E. King of the Hill. New York: HarperPerennial, 1993.
Hotchner, A. E. The Boyhood Memoirs of A.E. Hotchner: King of the Hill/Looking for Miracles. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 2007.
Hughes, Langston. The Big Sea: An Autobiography. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993.
Kaplan, Justin. Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography. New York: Touchstone, 1983.
Miller, John E. Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006.
Pegg, Bruce. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry, An Unauthorized Biography. New York & London: Routledge, 2002.
Rash, Nancy. The Painting and Politics of George Caleb Bingham. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.
Rose, Phyllis. Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time. New York: Doubleday, 1989.
Toth, Emily. Kate Chopin. New York: William Morrow & Co, 1990.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography. Edited by Pamela Smith Hill. Pierre, South Dakota: South Dakota Historical Society Press, 2014.
Woodside, Christine. Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2016.

 

CIVIL WAR ERA
Cain, Marvin R. Lincoln’s Attorney General: Edward Bates of Missouri. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1965.
Castel, Albert E. William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999.
Castel, Albert E. General Sterling Price and the Civil War in the West. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1968.
Engle, Stephen D. Yankee Dutchman: The Life of Franz Sigel. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999.
McFeely, William S. Grant. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2002.
Parrish, William Earl. David Rice Atchison of Missouri, Border Politician. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1961.
Parrish, William E. Frank Blair: Lincoln’s Conservative. Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri Press, 1998.
Phillips, Christopher. Damned Yankee: The Life of General Nathaniel Lyon. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.
Phillips, Christopher. The Making of Southerner: William Barclay Napton’s Private Civil War. Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri Press, 2008.
Phillips, Christopher. Missouri’s Confederate: Claiborne Fox Jackson and the Creation of Southern Identity in the Border West. Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri Press, 2000.
Reynolds, Thomas C. General Sterling Price and the Confederacy. St. Louis: Missouri History Museum, 2009.


ENTREPRENEURS
Adams, Mark. Mr. America: How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation through Sex, Salad, and the Ultimate Starvation Diet. New York: HarperCollins, 2010.
Rhodes, Joel P. A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck. Columbia: University of Missouri, 2008.
Thomas, James. From Tennessee Slave to St. Louis Entrepreneur: The Autobiography of James Thomas. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1984.
Watts, Steven. The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001.
Watts, Steven. Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America. New York: Other Press, 2013.
Worley, William S. J.C. Nichols and the Shaping of Kansas City: Innovation in Planned Residential Communities. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1990.

Alter, J. Cecil. Jim Bridger. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1979.
Buckley, Jay H. William Clark: Indian Diplomat. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.
Chaffin, Tom. Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire. New York: Hill & Wang, 2004.
Clokey, Richard M. William H. Ashley: Enterprise and Politics in the Trans-Mississippi West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.
Cody, William F. Buffalo Bill’s Life Story: An Autobiography. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2010.
Faragher, John Mack. Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer. New York: Henry Holt , 1992.
Foley, William E. and C. David Rice. The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1983.
Gracy III, David B. Moses Austin: His Life. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 1987.
Hurt, R. Douglas. Nathan Boone and the American Frontier. Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri Press, 1998.
Majors, Alexander. Seventy Years on the Frontier: Alexander Majors’ Memoirs of a Lifetime on the Border. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.
Norall, Frank. Bourgmont, Explorer of the Missouri, 1698-1725. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988.
Quaife, Milo Milton, ed. Kit Carson’s Autobiography. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1966.
Remley, David. Kit Carson: The Life of an American Border Man. Oklahoma Western Biographies. University of Oklahoma Press, 2012.
Rolle, Andrew. John Charles Fremont: Character As Destiny. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991.
Settle, William A. Jr. Jesse James Was His Name: Fact and Fiction Concerning the Notorious James Brothers of Missouri. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1977.
Sides, Hampton. Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West. New York: Anchor, 2007.
Steffen, Jerome O. William Clark: Jeffersonian Man on the Frontier. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977.
Steward, Dick. Frontier Swashbuckler: The Life and Legend of John Smith T. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1999.
Stiles, T.J. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. New York: Vintage, 2003.
Warren, Louis S. Buffalo Bill’s America. New York: Vintage, 2006.
Wilson, Elinor. Jim Beckwourth: Black Mountain Man, War Chief of the Crows, Trader, Trapper... Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.

 

JOURNALISTS & POLITICIANS (see also: Civil War Era)
Belko, W. Stephen. The Invincible Duff Green: Whig of the West. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006.
Boernstein, Henry. Memoirs of a Nobody: The Missouri Years of an Austrian Radical, 1849-1866. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1997.
Boman, Dennis K. The Original Rush Limbaugh: Lawyer, Legislator, and Civil Libertarian. Columbia, Mo. ; London: University of Missouri, 2012.
Chambers, William Nisbet. Old Bullion Benton, Senator From the New West: Thomas Hart Benton, 1782-1858. Boston: Little Brown, 1956.
Clark, Champ. My Quarter Century of American Politics. New York and London: Harper, 1920.
Dorsett, Lyle W. The Pendergast Machine. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1968.
Giglio, James N. Call Me Tom: The Life of Thomas F. Eagleton. 1 edition. Columbia Mo. ; London: Univ of Missouri, 2011.
Haskell, Harry. Boss-Busters & Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007.
Karnes, Thomas L. William Gilpin: Western Nationalist. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970.
Kaser, David. Joseph Charless: Printer in the Western Country. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1963.
Launius, Roger. Alexander William Doniphan: Portrait of a Missouri Moderate. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1997.
Kremer, Gary R. James Milton Turner and the Promise of America: The Public Life of a Post–Civil War Black Leader. 2nd edition. Columbia: University of Missouri, 1991.
Larsen, Lawrence H., and Nancy J. Hulston. Pendergast! Columbia: University of Missouri, 1997.
McCoy, Donald R. The Presidency of Harry S. Truman. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1984.
McCullough, David. Truman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
Olson, James C. Stuart Symington: A Life. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003.
Piott, Steven L. Holy Joe: Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri Idea. Columbia: University of Missouri, 1997.
Pomerantz, Gary M. The Devil’s Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age. 1st ed. New York, N.Y: Crown Publishers, 2009.
Rammelkamp, Julian. Pulitzer’s Post-Dispatch, 1878-1883. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967.
Reddig, William M. Tom’s Town: Kansas City and the Pendergast Legend. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1986.
Schurz, Carl. The Reminiscences of Carl Schurz. New York: The McClure company, 1907-1908. (Missouri years are in volume 3).
Smith, Elbert B. Magnificent Missourian; The Life of Thomas Hart Benton. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1973.
Smith, William E. The Francis Preston Blair Family in Politics. New York: Macmillan, 1933.
Swanberg, W. A. Pulitzer. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1967.
Trefousse, Hans L. Carl Schurz: A Biography. 2nd edition edition. New York: Fordham University Press, 1998.

 

JOURNALISTS & POLITICIANS (see also: Civil War Era)
Belko, W. Stephen. The Invincible Duff Green: Whig of the West. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006.
Boernstein, Henry. Memoirs of a Nobody: The Missouri Years of an Austrian Radical, 1849-1866. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1997.
Boman, Dennis K. The Original Rush Limbaugh: Lawyer, Legislator, and Civil Libertarian. Columbia, Mo. ; London: University of Missouri, 2012.
Chambers, William Nisbet. Old Bullion Benton, Senator From the New West: Thomas Hart Benton, 1782-1858. Boston: Little Brown, 1956.
Clark, Champ. My Quarter Century of American Politics. New York and London: Harper, 1920.
Dorsett, Lyle W. The Pendergast Machine. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1968.
Giglio, James N. Call Me Tom: The Life of Thomas F. Eagleton. 1 edition. Columbia Mo. ; London: Univ of Missouri, 2011.
Haskell, Harry. Boss-Busters & Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007.
Karnes, Thomas L. William Gilpin: Western Nationalist. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970.
Kaser, David. Joseph Charless: Printer in the Western Country. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1963.
Launius, Roger. Alexander William Doniphan: Portrait of a Missouri Moderate. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1997.
Kremer, Gary R. James Milton Turner and the Promise of America: The Public Life of a Post–Civil War Black Leader. 2nd edition. Columbia: University of Missouri, 1991.
Larsen, Lawrence H., and Nancy J. Hulston. Pendergast! Columbia: University of Missouri, 1997.
McCoy, Donald R. The Presidency of Harry S. Truman. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1984.
McCullough, David. Truman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
Olson, James C. Stuart Symington: A Life. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003.
Piott, Steven L. Holy Joe: Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri Idea. Columbia: University of Missouri, 1997.
Pomerantz, Gary M. The Devil’s Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age. 1st ed. New York, N.Y: Crown Publishers, 2009.
Rammelkamp, Julian. Pulitzer’s Post-Dispatch, 1878-1883. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967.
Reddig, William M. Tom’s Town: Kansas City and the Pendergast Legend. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1986.
Schurz, Carl. The Reminiscences of Carl Schurz. New York: The McClure company, 1907-1908. (Missouri years are in volume 3).
Smith, Elbert B. Magnificent Missourian; The Life of Thomas Hart Benton. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1973.
Smith, William E. The Francis Preston Blair Family in Politics. New York: Macmillan, 1933.
Swanberg, W. A. Pulitzer. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1967.
Trefousse, Hans L. Carl Schurz: A Biography. 2nd edition edition. New York: Fordham University Press, 1998.

 

MILITARY FIGURES (see also: Civil War Era)
Blair, Clay. A General’s Life: An Autobiography by General of the Army Omar N. Bradley. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983.
Bradley, Omar N., and A. J. Liebling. A Soldier’s Story. New York: Modern Library, 1999.
Smythe, Donald. Pershing: General of the Armies. 1st Pbk. Ed edition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007.

 


SPORTS FIGURES
Alexander, Charles. Rogers Hornsby: A Biography. New York: Henry Holt, 1996.
Barra, Allan. Yogi: Eternal Yankee. New York: Norton, 2009.
Creamer, Robert. Stengel: His Life and Times. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984.
Giglio, James N. Musial: From Stash to Stan the Man. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007.
Hetrick, J. Thomas. Chris Von Der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 1999.
Snyder, Brad. A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports. New York: Viking, 2006.
Weiss, Stuart L. The Curt Flood Story: The Man Behind the Myth. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007.

 

NOTABLE WOMEN
Baker, Josephine. Josephine. Translated by Jo Bouillon. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
Fraser, Caroline. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder New York: Picador, 2018.
Grace, Fran. Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
Holtz, William. The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1995
Herr, Pamela. Jessie Benton Fremont. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.
McMillen, Margot Ford, and Heather Roberson. Called to Courage: Four Women in Missouri History. First edition. Columbia: University of Missouri, 2002.
———. Into the Spotlight: Four Missouri Women. Columbia: University of Missouri, 2004.
Miller, John E. Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006.
Miller, Sally M. From Prairie to Prison: The Life of Social Activist Kate Richards O’Hare. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1993.
O’Malley, Terrence Michael. Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time. Kansas City: Covington Group, 2006.
Olson, Greg. Voodoo Priests, Noble Savages, and Ozark Gypsies: The Life of Folklorist Mary Alicia Owen. Columbia Mo.: University of Missouri, 2012.
Rose, Phyllis. Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time. New York: Doubleday, 1989.
Scheer, Teva J. Governor Lady: The Life and Times of Nellie Tayloe Ross. Columbia: University of Missouri, 2005.
Stone, Ilene. Jane Froman: Missouri’s First Lady of Song. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003.
Toth, Emily. Kate Chopin. New York: William Morrow & Co, 1990.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography. Edited by Pamela Smith Hill. Pierre, South Dakota: South Dakota Historical Society Press, 2014.
Woodside, Christine. Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2016.
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