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French St. Louis: Landscape, Contexts, and Legacy (France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization) (Hardcover)

French St. Louis: Landscape, Contexts, and Legacy (France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization) By Jay Gitlin (Editor), Robert Michael Morrissey (Editor), Peter J. Kastor (Editor) Cover Image
By Jay Gitlin (Editor), Robert Michael Morrissey (Editor), Peter J. Kastor (Editor)
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A gateway to the West and an outpost for eastern capital and culture, St. Louis straddled not only geographical and political divides but also cultural, racial, and sectional ones. At the same time, it connected a vast region as a gathering place of peoples, cultures, and goods. The essays in this collection contextualize St. Louis, exploring French-Native relations, the agency of empire in the Illinois Country, the role of women in “mapping” the French colonial world, fashion and identity, and commodities and exchange in St. Louis as part of a broader politics of consumption in colonial America. The collection also provides a comparative perspective on America’s two great Creole cities, St. Louis and New Orleans. Lastly, it looks at the Frenchness of St. Louis in the nineteenth century and the present.

French St. Louis recasts the history of St. Louis and reimagines regional development in the early American republic, shedding light on its francophone history.

About the Author

Jay Gitlin is a senior lecturer in history at Yale University. He is the author of The Bourgeois Frontier: French Towns, French Traders, and American Expansion. Robert Michael Morrissey is an associate professor of history at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in Colonial Illinois CountryPeter J. Kastor is Samuel K. Eddy Professor and a professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of William Clark’s World: Describing America in an Age of Unknowns.

Praise For…

“One of the most refreshing and illuminating aspects of this collection is the inclusion of women not merely as individual characters but as intrinsic parts of the history and historiography. . . . Patricia Cleary’s chapter on fashion is exemplary in portraying St. Louis’s rich economic, political, and cultural history and its connections to far-flung places. . . . Delightful and deeply insightful. Its chapters speak to one another, creating a collection that holds together surprisingly well. One could read the book from cover to cover, finding connections.”—Kathleen DuVal, Missouri Historical Review

"[French St. Louis] can foster a better understanding of our present and our future for all of us."—Missouri Life

"This volume is a commendable venture to tell the French story of the founding of interior America. The project's inception during the sestercentennial year of St. Louis's founding yielded fruitful results with the recent publication of this book. A valuable read for American historians."—Dan Shannon, Denver Posse of Westerners

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496206848
ISBN-10: 1496206843
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2021
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization