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White Man’s Heaven

Kimberly Harper

Published Date: October 1, 2010

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The Lynching and Expulsion of Blacks in the Southern Ozarks, 1894–1909
302 pages
32 photographs
6" x 9"

About this book

White Man’s Heaven is the first book to investigate the lynching and expulsion of African Americans in the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Kimberly Harper shows how an established tradition of extralegal violence and the rapid political, economic, and social change of the New South era combined to create an environment that resulted in interracial violence. Even though some whites tried to stop the violence and bring the lynchers to justice, many African Americans fled the Ozarks, leaving only a resilient few behind and forever changing the racial composition of the region.

About the author

Kimberly Harper lives in the Missouri Ozarks.


2011 Missouri Humanities Award – Distinguished Achievement in Literature


“An invaluable work . . . supports and importantly expands on recent studies of sundown towns and racial cleansing.”

Journal of Southern History


“Well-written and creatively researched . . . movingly documents ‘a dark mark upon the land yet to be removed.’”

Journal of American History


“Does crucial work in bringing attention to a long-neglected but important aspect of southern Ozarks and Missouri history.”

Missouri Historical Review


“Essential reading for anyone who lives in the southern Ozarks.”

Arkansas Historical Quarterly


“A cogent and illuminating contribution to the burgeoning scholarship on lynching.”

American Historical Review


“This is required reading for understanding an important but oftentimes unacknowledged phenomenon in U.S. history.”


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