A Store Almost in Sight: The Economic Transformation of Missouri from the Lousiana Purchase to the Civil War (Iowa and the Midwest Experience)

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A Store Almost in Sight tells the story of commercial development in central Missouri from the early days of American settlement following the Louisiana Purchase to the Civil War. Focusing on those counties near or on the Missouri River, historian Jeff Bremer confirms that the history of the frontier is also the history of the spread of capitalist values. The letters, journals, diaries, and travel accounts of Missouri settlers and visitors reveal how small decisions made by Missouri’s rural white settlers ranging from how much of a certain crop to plant to how many eggs to take to the local store contributed to the establishment of a market economy in the state.

Most Missourians welcomed the opportunity to take part in commercial markets. Farmwomen sold eggs or butter to peddlers and in nearby towns, while men took surplus corn or pork to stores for credit. Immigrants searched for the most fertile land closest to waterways, to ensure they would have large harvests and an easy way to ship them to market. Families floated farm goods downriver until steamboats transformed rural life by drastically reducing the cost of transportation and boosting farm production and consumption. Traders also trekked west across the plains to trade at the inland entrepôt of Santa Fe. The waves of migrants headed for Oregon and California in the 1840s and 1850s further encouraged commercial development. However, most white settlers lacked the necessary financial means to be capitalists in a technical sense, seeking instead a competency,” or comfortable independence.

This fresh reinterpretation of the American frontier will interest anyone who wants to understand the economic and social significance of westward migration in U.S. history. It gives the reader a gritty, grassroots sense of how ordinary people made their livings and built communities in the lands newly opened to American settlement.

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About the Author :

Jeff Bremer teaches American history at Iowa State University, where he also directs ISU's history education program. A former high school history teacher in California, he earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas. He lives in a nineteenth-century farmhouse with his wife and four obstreperous dogs.

Review :

"Jeff Bremer tells an engaging story of economic transformation in the core region of the Missouri River Valley from the Louisiana Purchase to the Civil War.  He creatively employs a vast array of primary sources to document the lived experience of countless white settlers."  David F. Good, The Middle West Review

"The relationship of rural households--"family farmers"--to markets is a central issue in colonial American and antebellum U.S. history... Jeff Bremer's A Store Almost in Sight is an important contribution to this discussion.  A Store Almost in Sight's rich description of rural life in antebellum Missouri is based upon extensive archival research in diaries, correspondence, memoirs and newspapers."  The Journal of American History

"Bremer provides a useful, detailed account of how household production, communal support and market engagement were combined in varying ways over time... Bremer's account of this evolution provides a readable, concrete picture of the day-to-day practices through which these wider transitions occurred."  Kansas History, Spring 2015
"A Store Almost In Sight provides an engaging narrative of settler life in Missouri during the antebellum era."  Missouri Historical Review

"Bremer has written an excellent synthesis... his thesis that Missouri's antebellum farm families pursued market production for a commercial economy is aptly proven with extensive primary and secondary research.  He has provided a tightly packed, brief synthesis of farm making and economic development, including descriptions of immigration, river transportation and trade, disease, and merchandizing in the newly opening prairies.  This succinct, readable study provides a useable history and text for teaching about westward expansion." The Western Historical Quarterly

"A Store Almost in Sight is a clearly written, plain-stated contribution to the growing literature on rural American acquisitiveness and a useful source for historians of the frontier and antebellum era in Missouri." Agricultural History

Jeff Bremer’s study of antebellum Missouri’s rural white farm families captures the daily rhythms of frontier life. This book is a comprehensive synthesis of rural life and economic development on the Missouri frontier.” William Foley, author, Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark

Bremer’s history of antebellum Missouri mobilizes a cast of thousands to illustrate the evolution of the market economy and the resulting empowerment of white settlers. A Store Almost in Sight reminds us that regardless of the decisions emanating from federal and state capitols, the actions of thousands of average Americans steered the course of history.” Craig Thompson Friend, author, Kentucke’s Frontiers

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