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New Moon City Press Book, 'Teeth of the Souls,' Bares Picture of Reconstruction Era

Teeth of the Souls by Steve Yates


 After the Civil War, Springfield, Missouri, was in shambles. Inhabitants came back to a war torn city. This is the setting for "Teeth of the Souls" - the latest publication by Missouri State's Moon City Press. Dr. James Baumlin, distinguished professor of English at Missouri State, discusses this piece of historical fiction.

According to Baumlin, the book, by Steve Yates, introduces readers to a man before his time: The protagonist hired African Americans in his family's rock quarries when it was unpopular to affiliate, and he was in love with an ex-slave. 

Moon City Press is an academic small press sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. It concentrates its publishing efforts on urban Springfield.

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Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work in the office of strategic communication. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State.