Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul / Edition 1

Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul / Edition 1

by Mary Lethert Wingerd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801488850

ISBN-13: 9780801488856

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Are Minneapolis and St. Paul "Twin Cities" in proximity only? How can two cities, spoken of so often in one breath, differ so greatly in their histories and characteristics? Claiming the City traces the contours of St. Paul's "civic identity" to show how personal identities and political structures of power are fundamentally informed by the social geography

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Are Minneapolis and St. Paul "Twin Cities" in proximity only? How can two cities, spoken of so often in one breath, differ so greatly in their histories and characteristics? Claiming the City traces the contours of St. Paul's "civic identity" to show how personal identities and political structures of power are fundamentally informed by the social geography of place. St. Paul proves a particularly fruitful site for such analysis because it has developed along a divergent path from that of Minneapolis, its sister city just across the Mississippi river. While Minneapolis in the last part of the nineteenth century bore the stamp of Scandinavians, Protestants, and Republican Yankee progressives, St. Paul emerged as an Irish, Catholic, Democratic stronghold. Increasingly overshadowed by the economic might of Minneapolis, out of necessity St. Paul evolved complex alliances among business, labor, and the Catholic Church that cut across class and ethnic lines—a culture of compromise that sharply contrasted with Minneapolis' more strident labor politics.Mary Lethert Wingerd brings together the voices of citizens and workers and the power dynamics of civic leaders including James J. Hill and Archbishop John Ireland. She crafts a portrait of St. Paul remarkable for its specificity as well as its relevance to broader interpretations of place-based culture and politics. Wingerd's rich and lively history of St. Paul is a clear demonstration that place—the lived experience and memory located in a specific spatial context—is a constitutive element of all other aspects of identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801488856
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Cushwa Center Studies of Catholicism in Twentieth-Century America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,161,879
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
IStarting from Scratch: The Construction of Civic Identity
1The Economy of Culture: City Building on the Frontier13
2Money, Status, and Power: The Making of an Irish-Catholic Town33
3Delivering the Goods: The Social Geography of a Declining Economy68
IIThe Great War: Conflict Abroad and Casualties at Home
4Raising the Flag: The Struggle to Reshape Civic Identity117
5Taking Aim: Enemies of the State137
6The First Volley: Policing the Social Order152
7The War of St. Paul and the End of the Civic Compact175
IIIFrom Battle Zone to "Holy City": New Alliances, Old Loyalties, and the Power of Place
8Vying for Power: The Showdown between Business and Labor215
9Hard Times in the "Holy City": Old Alliances and New Deals233
Epilogue: Political Change and the Power of Place263
Abbreviations275
Notes277
Index317

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