St. Louis from Village to Metropolis: Essays from the Missouri Historical Review (hardback)

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Volume editors have selected previously published Missouri Historical Review articles focused on a topic or geographical area. Each volume is enhanced by a thoughtful introduction describing evolving scholarship on the theme or place as demonstrated by the selections.

St. Louis from Village to Metropolis

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Edited with an introduction by Louis S. Gerteis

Explore the history of St. Louis as it transitioned from the Mound City to the Gateway City. Immigrants, domestic and foreign arrived seeking new freedoms and economic opportunity. Sectional differences exacerbated disputes and slowed progress. Racial tensions rose and fell as blacks and whites struggled with slavery, segregation, and civil rights. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century wars restricted personal rights and, incongruously, enabled African Americans and women to gain a toehold in fields formerly closed to them. Urban residents found recreational opportunities both within the city and in the adjacent rural areas.

During the first century of the Missouri Historical Review, distinguished historians explored the growth of St. Louis from a colonial village to a regional metropolis by examining episodes in its economic, social, and political life. Louis Gerteis, professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, brings together fourteen of these essays in this volume. And in a thoughtful and well-crafted introduction, this urban historian ties together the diverse essays, finding that all contribute to a common theme of metropolitan growth and identity.

This is the fourth volume in the Century of Missouri History Scholarship Series.

275 pages / 101 illustrations

Published by The State Historical Society and Lindenwood University Press, hardback, 2009.

About the Editor

Louis S. Gerteis is a professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a leading scholar in the study of St. Louis history, particularly that of the nineteenth century. His publications include From Contraband to Freedman: Federal Policy Toward Southern Blacks: 1861-1865 (1973), Morality and Utility in American Antislavery Reform (1987), and Civil War St. Louis (2001) in addition to numerous scholarly articles.