Common Fields: An Environmental History of St. Louis / Edition 2

Common Fields: An Environmental History of St. Louis / Edition 2

by Andrew Hurley
     
 

The confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers supported some of the earliest settlements in America.  From the Cahokia Mounds civilization to the flood of 1993, residents of the St. Louis region have depended on this landscape even as they have threatened its bounty.

In Common Fields, thirteen original essays tell of the city's constant

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Overview

The confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers supported some of the earliest settlements in America.  From the Cahokia Mounds civilization to the flood of 1993, residents of the St. Louis region have depended on this landscape even as they have threatened its bounty.

In Common Fields, thirteen original essays tell of the city's constant tension between urban growth and environmental sustainability.  Geographers, archaeologists, and historians examine the relationship between the city's diverse residents and the environment on which their well-being depends.  Whether channeling the river, laying streets, or clearing the air of coal smoke, St. Louisans have shown great ingenuity in overcoming the hazards of city development.

And yet, our solutions to making the best use of the environment have only highlighted more basic societal questions:  How do we ensure liberty while providing equal opportunities?  How do we recognize uniqueness while eliminating barriers that prevent others' success?  The answers have everything to do with our ability to make sensible use of our environment-just as the rivers, fields, and city streets will forever shape the character of this city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883982157
Publisher:
Missouri History Museum Press
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Common Fields: An Introduction1
The Environmental Setting of the St. Louis Region13
Culture and Environment in the American Bottom: The Rise and Fall of Cahokia Mounds38
Contested Terrain: Environmental Agendas and Settlement Choices in Colonial St. Louis58
Where Did the Villages Go? Steamboats, Deforestation, and Archaeological Loss in the Mississippi Valley73
Paving St. Louis's Streets: The Environmental Origins of Social Fragmentation90
Draining the Metropolis: The Politics of Sewers in Nineteenth-Century St. Louis107
Re-Imagining the Urban Landscape: Fire Risk and Insurance in Nineteenth-Century St. Louis126
Busby's Stink Boat and the Regulation of Nuisance Trades, 1865-1918145
Environmental Justice in the American Bottom: The Legal Response to Pollution, 1900-1950163
"The Land of a Million Smiles": Urban Tourism and the Commodification of the Missouri Ozarks, 1900-1940176
The Struggle for Smoke Control in St. Louis: Achievement and Emulation199
River Dreams: St. Louis Labor and the Fight for a Missouri Valley Authority221
Floods, Rats, and Toxic Waste: Allocating Environmental Hazards Since World War II242
Contributors263
Notes267
Acknowledgments311
Index313

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