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Faces Like Devils: The Bald Knobber Vigilantes in the Ozarks
by Matthew J. Hernando
University of Missouri Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-8262-2198-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8262-2041-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8262-7334-5

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In the 1880s the Bald Knobbers terrorized communities in the Ozarks and attracted the attention of both state and federal authorities. Sensationalized newspaper accounts of their exploits reached across the country, helping to form an image of the Ozarks as a violent and backward area. In contrast, the Bald Knobbers represented themselves as an alliance of law-abiding citizens dedicated to fighting rampant crime and corruption. At their height, they numbered an estimated nine hundred men, making them one of the largest vigilante organizations in the United States at the time.
 
Matthew Hernando sifts through the folklore and myth surrounding the Bald Knobbers to produce an accurate history of their rise and fall. Despite being one of America’s largest and most famous vigilante groups, the Bald Knobbers have not previously been examined in depth. Hernando’s exhaustive research, which includes a plethora of state and federal court records, newspaper articles, and firsthand accounts, remedies that lack.
Despite being one of America’s largest and most famous vigilante groups during the nineteenth century, the Bald Knobbers have not previously been examined in depth. Hernando’s exhaustive research, which includes a plethora of state and federal court records, newspaper articles, and firsthand accounts, remedies that lack. This account of the Bald Knobbers is vital to anyone not wanting to miss out on a major part of Missouri’s history.
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