ISBN-10:
0674052889
ISBN-13:
9780674052888
Pub. Date:
01/03/2011
Publisher:
Harvard
The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War

The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War

by Adam Arenson
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ISBN-13: 9780674052888
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/03/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Adam Arenson is Associate Professor of History and Director of Urban Studies at Manhattan College.

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William Deverell

This is a superb book. Careful and bold all at once, it reminds us that the 'gateway to the West' played a major role not only in the coming of the Civil War but in the contests— cultural, social, and racial—it so tragically provoked.
William Deverell, Director, Huntington –USC Institute on California and the West

Aaron Sachs

In compelling prose that balances brilliant analyses with rich narrative details and lively anecdotes, Arenson offers an important new argument about nineteenth-century U.S. history. His book combines the most thorough scholarship with the pleasures of a frontier romance.
Aaron Sachs, author of The Humboldt Current

Michael A. Morrison

A sweeping, illuminating work that offers a fresh perspective on the period from the Mexican War to the post-Reconstruction era. Adding a western dimension to the sectional crisis of the Civil War era, Arenson's narrative is revelatory.

Michael A. Morrison, author of Slavery and the American West

Iver Bernstein

Arenson's beautifully told story of the rise and fall of St. Louis's efforts to invent itself as a center of American enlightenment and empire in the long Civil War era shows Manifest Destiny as a lived reality, with intoxicating and toxic implications for ordinary Americans.
Iver Bernstein, Washington University

Ann Fabian

Arenson sets St. Louis at the center of nineteenth-century America's 'cultural civil wars' as dramas of competing visions of the nation played out on the city's streets and docks and in its courtrooms, churches, and classrooms. In this beautifully crafted book, the national stories we thought we knew take some surprising turns.
Ann Fabian, author of The Skull Collectors

Louis S. Gerteis

From the Great Fire of 1849 to the completion of the Eads Bridge in 1874, Arenson examines the cultural civil war through a city that aspired to be the unifying center of the American continental empire. St. Louis' successes and failures richly illuminate national travails as the promise of Manifest Destiny succumbed to the politics of slavery.
Louis S. Gerteis, author of Civil War St. Louis

Stephen Aron

An ambitious, innovative, and engaging look at the pivotal role St. Louis played in the cultural contest to determine the destiny of the United States.
Stephen Aron, UCLA

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