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The Double Life Of St. Louis: Narratives Of Origins And Maturity In Wade’S Urban Frontier, Adam Arenson Aug 2009

The Double Life Of St. Louis: Narratives Of Origins And Maturity In Wade’S Urban Frontier, Adam Arenson

Adam Arenson

A half-century after Richard C. Wade's landmark history The Urban Frontier: The Rise of Western Cities, 1790-1830, this retrospective essay considers the development of St. Louis in relation to evolving notions of the frontier as a space of intercultural encounter, and the maturation of a city economically in relation to its cultural and political conflicts. It reviews the scholarship on the city of St. Louis since Wade wrote, and suggests new avenues in the city's history.