Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in History
Missouri, Ozarks, vigilante, Civil War, lynching, Greene County, Regulators, Slicker War, Sons of Honor, popular sovereignty.
The purpose of this thesis is to determine what factors did or did not have an impact on the formation of the Slickers, the Regulators, and the Sons of Honor, three vigilante organizations that formed in the Missouri Ozarks during the nineteenth century. Primary source documents indicate that vigilante organizations formed in Missouri, and throughout the United States, for a variety of reasons. This study disproves the theory that vigilante violence in the Missouri Ozarks was based on any social or political struggle between an old or new order. This study contributes to our understanding of Ozarks history, as well as the history of Missouri and the study of vigilante violence in the United States.
© Connie Sue Yen
Yen, Connie Sue, "Horse-Stealing and Man-Hanging: An Examination of Vigilantism in the Missouri Ozarks" (2015). MSU Graduate Theses. 1174.