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James Baughn

St. Louis versus Chicago (Part 1)

Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at 5:46 PM


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  • This is a nice roundup of the older histories of the railroad battles between St. Louis and Chicago, and it mentions the Gasconade disaster, the key event, often forgotten, in the battle between the two regional economies.

    I hope you will be able to include the newest findings from Richard White's _Railroaded_ as well as my _The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War_ in your analysis, as well as the insights in William Cronon's _Nature's Metropolis_ which demonstrate how St. Louis's fate with railroads was almost decided before they even began. (I argue they were actually ahead until 1855, and in good shape until the decision to place the federal terminus at Omaha.)

    See more at http://adamarenson.com

    -- Posted by AdamArenson on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 11:45 PM