Yankee Merchants and the Making of the Urban West: The Rise and Fall of Antebellum St. Louis

Yankee Merchants and the Making of the Urban West: The Rise and Fall of Antebellum St. Louis

by Jeffrey S. Adler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521412846

ISBN-13: 9780521412841

Pub. Date: 09/27/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In 1850 St. Louis was the commercial capital of the West. By 1860, however, Chicago had supplanted St. Louis and became the great metropolis of the region. This book explains the rapid ascent and the abrupt collapse of the Missouri city. It devotes particular attention to the ways in which northeastern merchants fueled the rise of St. Louis. But unlike most studies

Overview

In 1850 St. Louis was the commercial capital of the West. By 1860, however, Chicago had supplanted St. Louis and became the great metropolis of the region. This book explains the rapid ascent and the abrupt collapse of the Missouri city. It devotes particular attention to the ways in which northeastern merchants fueled the rise of St. Louis. But unlike most studies of nineteenth-century cities, the book analyzes the influence of national politics on urbanization. It examines the process through which the sectional crisis transformed the role of Yankee merchants in St. Louis's development and thus triggered the fall of the first great city of the trans-Mississippi West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521412841
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/27/1991
Series:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. 'These Yankee notions will not suit Missouri'; 3. Savagedom, destiny, and the isothermal zodiac; 4. Yankee newcomers and prosperity; 5. 'The offspring of the East'; 6. A border city in an age of sectionalism; 7. Rebirth; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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