Common Fields: An Environmental History of St. Louis

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Andrew Hurley
Missouri History Museum, 1997 - Science - 319 pages
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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.

InCommon 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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Contents

An Introduction
1
The Environmental Setting of the St Louis Region
13
Culture and Environment in the American Bottom
38
Contested Terrain
58
Where Did the Villages
73
Paving St Louiss Streets
90
Draining the Metropolis
107
ReImagining the Urban Landscape
126
Vlll
163
The Land of a Million Smiles
176
The Struggle for Smoke Control in St Louis
199
River Dreams
221
Floods Rats and Toxic Waste
242
Contributors
263
Acknowledgments
311
Copyright

Busbys Stink Boat and the Regulation of Nuisance Trades 18651918
145

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Andrew Hurleyis 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 ofEnvironmental Inequalities:  Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980.

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