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An Ozarks scholar studies the modern region, and how it's evolving in the context of its past

Bob Linder
Dr. Brooks Blevins, the Noel Boyd professor of Ozarks studies at Missouri State University, at the Jacob Wolf House in Norfork, Arkansas.

Historian tells the cultural history of the Ozarks as a regional variation of an American story.

Our weekly program, Missouri State Journal, is a collaboration between KSMU Radio and Missouri State University. It's hosted and produced by MSU's Office of Strategic Communication, and it airs each Tuesday morning at 9:45 a.m. on KSMU. 

The Ozarks – a region that covers much of the southern half of Missouri, a large part of northern Arkansas and parts of northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas – is a fascinating area.

Historian Dr. Brooks Blevins has researched, taught and written about the Ozarks for years.

Last week on the Missouri State Journal, he talked about his trilogy on the history of the Ozarks, including the final volume that came out recently. It’s titled “A History of the Ozarks, Volume 3: The Ozarkers.”

Blevins, the Noel Boyd professor of Ozarks studies at Missouri State University, offers more insights from his book, particularly what today’s Ozarks region looks like.

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A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the public relations specialist in the office of strategic communication. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
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