Duels and the Roots of Violence in Missouri

By William Steward In early nineteenth century Missouri, the duel was the rite of passage for many young gentlemen seeking prestige and power. In time, however, other social groups, influenced by the ruling class, engaged in a variety of violent acts and symbolic challenges under the rubric of the code duello. In this book, Dick Steward takes an in-depth look at the evolution of dueling, tracing the origins, course, consequences and ultimate demise of one of the most deadly art forms in Missouri history. Fascinating reading! Hard-cover. Indexed. 286 pages.