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St. Louis Brick by Brick

By |August 30, 2023|Features|

To understand the history of St. Louis’s bricks is to unearth systems of power, economy, dispossession, decline, and manifest destiny; the storybook decorative brickwork we see today becomes a tale as complex—and as sinister—as American history itself.

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Hatchet-Throwing in Forgotten Places

By |August 7, 2023|Essays|

I get sentimental about places, especially forgotten ones like Monarch Park. They’re a bit of a bummer, a bit sobering, a bit sad. But I think it’s a good kind of sadness.

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How to Become an American

By |July 24, 2023|Uncategorized|

Excerpted from How to Become an American: A History of Immigration, Assimilation, and Loneliness, by Daniel Wolff, published December 2022 by University of South Carolina Press.

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Organization and Immunity

By |July 17, 2023|Uncategorized|

Hundreds of angry miners crowded around the machine, several attacking it with hammers and axes. Finally, fifteen sticks of dynamite were placed under the motor, and a firing wire and exploders attached. A few minutes later there was a terrific blast and the shovel was reduced to a tangled mass of wreckage.

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Rediscovering the Lost Midwest

By |July 5, 2023|Excerpt|

Once the cobwebs are cleared off old journals, long-forgotten records consulted, and the veil of stereotypes pierced, a remarkable world is discovered.

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Painting the Past on the Ohio River

By |January 23, 2023|Arts, Features|

  You can put your finger on a map and trace it down the Ohio River. From Steubenville to Paducah, it’s nearly a thousand miles, an artery pumping through the heart of America.

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