Slavery in the Ozarks

The Missouri Ozarks hold an interesting place in the regional American landscape. Definitely not Northern, but not entirely Southern, Ozarks culture, in the popular mindset, is most often connected with proud, yet poverty stricken hillbillies.

This image doesn't allign itself with a slave-holding population, and broadly speaking, slavery isn't thought of as a major element in Ozarks' history. Slavery did exist in the Ozarks, however, and anywhere were people were enslaved holds an important history of oppression and also strength in the midst of impossible circumstances.


Created by Dorothy Berry