Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Local History

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.

For more information, visit