Big Spring Autumn

Bonnie Stepenoff

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The spectacular natural wonder called Big Spring near the Current River is hidden away in Missouri’s Ozarks Hills.

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The spectacular natural wonder called Big Spring near the Current River is hidden away in Missouri’s Ozarks Hills. Hired to do a historical study of the state park at Big Spring, Bonnie Stepenoff also kept a personal journal and created an engaging narrative about hills, hillbillies, poverty, and the landscape making people what they are. She weaves the local and natural history of the area into her own story of growing up in the hills of northeastern Pennsylvania where there was also great beauty and great poverty. With little sentimentality, Stepenoff pays attention to the parallels in the nature and culture of the Ozarks with her past. She makes a case for preserving this natural beauty and the culture surrounding it for the lessons we can learn.

Contents

Drawings by Bryan Culpepper

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The Hills

Part 1: Groundwork

Part 2: Autumn at Big Spring

Epilogue

About the Author

Index

Authors

Bonnie Stepenoff is professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University. She is the author of three books, including From French Community to Missouri Town: Ste. Genevieve in the Nineteenth Century (2006), Thad Snow: A Life of Social Reform in the Missouri Bootheel (2003), and Their Fathers' Daughters: Silk Mill Workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania (1999).

Reviews

Big Spring Autumn is an engagingly reflective account of both place and human experience. Bonnie Stepenoff fuses the insights of a seasoned historian and observer of landscape with personal recollections and deeply held feelings that should appeal to a broad audience.

—Richard Longstreth,
George Washington University