The discussion of history usually centers around generals, presidents, senators, and wars. History is made most of all, however, by average citizens who do what they must, take positions they must take, and who lead in their own way. They might not leave large monuments, books, military victories, laws, or opened trails. We are all historical figures. People like us make our contribution by living our lives as best we can, fighting for and against the causes which seem right or wrong, and achieving whatever position in life that time and talent can bring. We share history, then, with Thomas Lilbourne Anderson, who in many ways represents many nineteenth-century Missourians.

AOWM – December 8