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By Adam Arenson

The Civil warfare printed what united in addition to what divided american citizens within the 19th century―not purely in its lethal army clash, but additionally within the broader conflict of rules, dueling ethical platforms, and competing nationwide visions that preceded and undefined. This cultural civil conflict used to be the conflict between North, South, and West, as their leaders sought to form appear future and slavery politics.

No website embodied this fight extra thoroughly than St. Louis, the biggest urban alongside the border of slavery and freedom. during this sweeping heritage, Adam Arenson finds a urban on the center of the cultural civil warfare. St. Louisans heralded a brand new destiny, erasing outdated styles because the usa stretched around the continent. They attempted to reorient the nation’s political panorama, with westerners within the leading edge and St. Louis because the cultural, advertisement, and nationwide capital. John C. Calhoun, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, and John Brown tracked the growth of the cultural contest via tracking occasions in St. Louis, looking at how the city’s leaders attempted but finally didn't keep watch over the nationwide destiny.

The interaction of neighborhood objectives and nationwide meanings unearths the broader cultural transformation caused by way of westward enlargement, political strife, and emancipation within the period of the Civil battle and Reconstruction. This vivid and wonderfully written tale enriches our realizing of the United States at a crossroads.

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