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Chapter 1: A City on the River

A Once and Future City: The Splendor of Prehistoric East St. Louis

Joseph M. Galloy, Ph.D.

The Second Skyline: Downtown East St. Louis’ Unique Architecture

Michael R. Allen

A History of Pollution and the Struggle for Environmental Justice

Preston Lacy

East St. Louis and its Relationship to the River

Bryan Werner and Les Sterman

Chapter 2: The Question of Race & Culture

Limits to Black Political Empowerment: The Historical Significance of Pre-1950 East St. Louis as a Foreshadow to Post-2008 Black Political Dilemmas

Charles L. Lumpkins, Ph.D.

A University Without Walls: Katherine Dunham’s Performing Arts Training Center and Public Humanities, 1967-1977

Kim Curtis, Ph.D.

Personal Reflections on East St. Louis through the Years

Lillian Parks, Ph.D.

East St. Louis is My Career and My Life

Billie Gloria Turner

Chapter 3: Facing the Challenges of De-Industrialization

One Size Does Not Necessarily Fit All: Harland Bartholomew and the 1920 East St. Louis Comprehensive Plan

Mark Abbott, Ph.D.

The End of the Line

Joseph L. Davis

East St. Louis in Context: The Rise and Fall of America’s Industrial Suburbs

Andrew Hurley, Ph.D.

Chapter 4: Paths Chosen

Three Lives that Defined a City: East St. Louis’ First Sixty Years

Andrew J. Theising, Ph.D.

“East Boogie”: As American as Cherry Pie

James T. Ingram

Gambling on the Economic Future of East St. Louis: The Casino Queen

Anne F. Boxberger Flaherty, Ph.D.

A Call for Effective Leadership

Debra H. Moore, Ph.D.


A Tale of Two Captains & Two Avenues in the Life of East St. Louis

Eugene B. Redmond

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