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The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War
by Adam Arenson
The Civil War revealed what united as well as what divided Americans in the nineteenth century not only in its deadly military conflict, but also in the broader battle of ideas, dueling moral systems, and competing national visions that preceded and followed. This cultural civil war was the clash among North, South, and West, as their leaders sought to shape Manifest ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Harvard University Press
(first published May 3rd 2010)
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Useful and interesting book, focusing on the "rise and fall of a national St. Louis between Mexican cession and the end of Reconstruction" (218), a city engaged in bringing the U.S. North, West, and South together over the long "cultural Civil War." Also a lucid, reader-friendly text full of crucial mid-19th century St.Louisiana.