Common Fields; An Enviromental History of St Louis / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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- Missouri History Museum Press
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.
|Publisher:||Missouri History Museum Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Andrew Hurley is associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he teaches urban and environmental history. He received his Ph. D. from Northwestern University. He is the author of Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980.
Table of Contents
Foreword Robert R. Archibald Common Fields An Introduction Andrew Hurley The Environmental Setting of the St. Louis Region Walter Schroeder Culture and Environment in the American Bottom The Rise and Fall of Cahokia Mounds William R. Iseminger Contested Terrain Environmental Agendas and Settlement Choices in Colonial St. Louis Patricia Cleary Where Did the Villages Go? Steamboatsm Deforestation, and Archaeological Loss in the Mississippi Valley F. Terry Norris Paving St. Louis’s Streets The Environmental Origins of Social Fragmentation Eric Sandweiss Draining the Metropolis The Politics of Sewers in Nineteenth-Century St. Louis Katharine T. Corbett Re-Imagining the Urban Landscape Fire Risk and Insurance in Nineteenth-Century St. Louis Mark Tebeau Busby’s Stink Boat and the Regulation of Nuisance Trades, 1865-1918 Andrew Hurley Environmental Justice in the American Bottom The Legal Response to Pollution, 1900-1950 Craig E. Colten “The Land of a Million Smiles” Urban Tourism and the Commodification of the Missouri Ozarks, 1900-1940 Jennifer A. Crets The Struggle for Smoke Control in St. Louis Achievement and Emulation Joel A. Tarr and Carl Zimring River Dreams St. Louis Labor and the Fight for a Missouri Valley Authority Rosemary Feurer Floods, Rats, and Toxic Waste Allocating Environmental Hazards Since World War II Andrew Hurley Contributors Notes Acknowledgements Index