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The Making of an All-America City: East St. Louis at 150
The Making of an All-America City: East St. Louis at 150
The Making of an All-America City: East St. Louis at 150

Distributed for Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

At one point in time, East St. Louis was the boomtown of the St. Louis Metropolitan area, promising to be both a hub of industrial markets and a desirable residential area. In 1960 it was honored with the All-America City designation, yet today it has been dubbed the most distressed small city in America. Comprising a selection of insightful essays, The Making of an All-America City covers East St. Louis’s turbulent history over the past century and a half, from the Mississippi River’s role in the city’s formation to racial tensions, the industrial decline, and its enduring cultural impact. This book is the first in the East St. Louis Sesquicentennial Series, which aims to examine the city’s influence, document and preserve its history, and provide meaningful reference for historians to come.

Dr. Andrew Theising, a local historian, is the series editor for the East St. Louis Sesquicentennial series.

 

2011
208 pages
88 halftones
ISBN: 978-1-891442-62-9, $24.95, paper
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