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Description - Yankee Merchants and the Making of the Urban West by Jeffrey S. Adler

In 1850 St. Louis was the commercial capital of the West. By 1860, however, Chicago had supplanted St. Louis and became the great metropolis of the region. This book explains the rapid ascent and the abrupt collapse of the Missouri city. It devotes particular attention to the ways in which northeastern merchants fueled the rise of St. Louis. But unlike most studies of nineteenth-century cities, the book analyzes the influence of national politics on urbanization. It examines the process through which the sectional crisis transformed the role of Yankee merchants in St. Louis's development and thus triggered the fall of the first great city of the trans-Mississippi West.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521412841
ISBN-10: 0521412846
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 286
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Sep-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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