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“It Happened in Missouri: Remarkable Events that Shaped History,” by Sean McLachlan, Second Edition, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, CT, 2013. This thin, 158-page paperback is a collection of 32 articles from the history of Missouri. They cover the whole spectrum from the early days of St. Louis to the flood of 1993: Daniel Boone, the New Madrid Earthquake, Gottfried Duden, the forerunner of Missouri's German community, Pony Express, Civil War, Jesse James, Cardinals first World Series, and the St. Louis Arch. The book ends with a collection of trivia, including the story of the Missouri Mule and the “Show-Me State” motto. My vote for best article goes to fire in the state capital building in Jefferson City in 1911.

This is a light weight, easy read. Many of the stories are well known to Missourians, but new comers will find this a useful introduction to Missouri history. This could be an excellent choice for those learning English as a second language. Short articles cannot be comprehensive, but they can whet the appetite. References (often to history textbooks) point to more. Map, bibliography, index.
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