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An East St. Louis Anthology: The Origins of a River City
An East St. Louis Anthology: The Origins of a River City
An East St. Louis Anthology: The Origins of a River City

Distributed for Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

The past comes to life through some of the earliest historians of East St. Louis. Following the success of The Making of an All-America City, which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch listed among their best regional books of 2011, comes the second volume in the East St. Louis Sesquicentennial Series. Through several essays and multiple historical documents from the city's early decades, An East St. Louis Anthology: The Origins of a River City reveals the history of the city, including a time when its citizens believed that their city was poised to outdistance St. Louis and perhaps even Chicago as the premier industrial giant and railroad freight node of the Midwest. Also included are a sample of biographical sketches and vignettes, city directories, and city ordinances.

Edited by historian Dr. Charles Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State University, the documents sampled in An East St. Louis Anthology prove interesting to scholars and laypersons for several reasons. They reflect East St. Louisans’ intentions to build and sustain an industrial city of great importance to the nation. They operated like advertisements and announcements from the local chamber of commerce to encourage economic growth. Most importantly, the four histories preserved the stories of colonizers and settlers of East St. Louis. After working 20 years as a librarian, Dr. Charles L. Lumpkins returned to school to earn a doctorate in American history, which he obtained in 2006. Lumpkins is the author of American Pogrom: The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics (2008), which won an award in 2009 for the most scholarly book on Illinois history from the Illinois State Historical Society. Lumpkins has been teaching courses at Pennsylvania State University in the departments of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, African and African American Studies, and History.

Dr. Andrew Theising, a local historian, is the series editor for the East St. Louis Sesquicentennial series.

306 pages
ISBN: 978-1-891442-79-7, $24.95, paper
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