Adam Arenson - The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War
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Adam Arenson, assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso, examines the efforts of St. Louis’ intellectuals and mercantile elite to make their city the capital of a vast Western empire in the wake of the Civil War.
That ambitious dream was never realized, but the city grew to be a vital cultural and commercial hub. The largest city along the border between free and slave states, St. Louis became a microcosm of the dueling moral systems and competing national visions that dominated mid-19th century America.
Co-sponsored by the UMKC Department of History, UMKC History Club, and UMKC Center for Midwestern Studies.