St. Louis Rising

St. Louis Rising : The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive

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The standard story of St. Louis's founding tells of fur traders Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau hacking a city out of wilderness. St. Louis Rising overturns such gauzy myths with the contrarian thesis that French government officials and institutions shaped and structured early city society. Of the former, none did more than Louis St. Ange de Bellerive. His commitment to the Bourbon monarchy and to civil tranquility made him the prime mover as St. Louis emerged during the tumult following the French and Indian War. Drawing on new source materials, the authors delve into the complexities of politics, Indian affairs, slavery, and material culture that defined the city's founding period. Their alternative version of the oft-told tale uncovers the imperial realities--as personified by St. Ange--that truly governed in the Illinois Country of the time, and provide a trove of new information on everything from the fur trade to the arrival of the British and Spanish after the Seven Years' War.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252080610
  • 9780252080616

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"Scholars and general readers alike will appreciate the careful scholarship that underpins this study, with historians likely to return to it repeatedly to mine its notes and appendices. Above all, this book places the first decade of St. Louis's history firmly within the larger context of Illinois Country developments and resurrects St. Ange as a key actor in the village's earliest years."--Missouri Historical Review "In St. Louis Rising the veteran historian Carl J. Ekberg and the English professor Sharon K. Person present a multilayered history of the founding of St. Louis... In telling the ground-level story of St. Louis, Ekberg and Person present a dizzying array of sources and perspectives."--Journal of American History "For students of historiography, this is a classic scholarly 'who done it.' Through incredibly thorough archival research, Ekberg and Person are able to paint a more accurate picture of the actions of prominent officials in the settlement of St. Louis. Highly recommended."--Choice "A noteworthy contribution to Illinois history... For historians of what became the state of Illinois, the book reminds readers that the people of frontier Illinois lived within the orbit of St. Louis."--Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society "Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person, in St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive, succeed splendidly in disrupting the status quo and setting the record straight about influences that results in the founding of St. Louis, Missouri. Fascinating reading."--Michigan's Habitant Heritage "In St. Louis Rising the veteran historian Carl J. Ekberg and the English professor Sharon K. Person present a multilayered history of the founding of St. Louis... In telling the ground-level story of St. Louis, Ekberg and Person present a dizzying array of sources and perspectives."--Journal of American Historyshow more

About Carl J. Ekberg

Carl Ekberg is a professor emeritus of history at Illinois State University. His many books include A French Aristocrat in the American West: The Shattered Dreams of Delassus de Luzieres and he is a two-time winner of the Kemper and Leila Williams Prize. Sharon Person is a professor of English specializing in English as a Second Language at St. Louis Community College, St. Louis Missouri.show more

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