I have spent the last several years working on a major research project examining St. Louis in the 1950s, a time of massive change and investment. The work focuses on the administration of Mayor Raymond Tucker. It covers infrastructure (building and location of the highway system), construction of the Arch, racism in urban planning (a fresh look at Mill Creek Valley), and the Civil Rights movement (the Jefferson Bank protest). It's under consideration with publishers now.
I will be on sabbatical in Summer and Fall 2021 to complete the manuscript. I have had some outstanding assistance from Interns and Graduate Research Assistance from the Brown School at Washington University in 2019 and 2020.
My 2003 book Made in USA is out of print after exhausting two printings. The book remains the first and only comprehensive scholarly history of East St. Louis. The book had a companion public television documentary of the same name. It is "out of print" but copies exist in various public libraries still. The used-book market like ABEbooks.com and eBay occasionally list old copies for sale. A print-on-demand version of the book is scheduled for 2021. Watch Amazon in the Spring Semester 21 for the POD version. (I plan to issue a second updated edition after my planned retirement in 2022.)
This book was a collaboration with a long-time friend, Bill Nunes. It is available through the Arcadia Publishing website, but is also available at BN and Amazon. It's a great book that's drawn largely from my research collection at SIUE.
My friend Mark Abbott was the editor of this volume, and I contributed an essay to it. I was the series editor for this, the series' first volume. "How Three Lives Changed a City" is an examination of how three individuals forever shaped the city of East St. Louis, Illinois. It is distributed by the Missouri History Museum through University of Chicago Press. It is readily available on BN or Amazon.
My friend Charlie Lumpkins edited this, the second volume in the Sesquicentennial Series. It is a faithful reproduction of pages from historic encyclopedias, atlases, directories, and other documents related to East St. Louis. It also is distributed by Missouri History Museum through the University of Chicago Press. Find it on BN and Amazon.
Sadly, the series ended after two volumes (instead of the planned five) due to Illinois's budget crisis. The content for volumes 3, 4, and 5 was assembled and will be published online eventually.
This book is a collection of essays on the St. Louis region that is published about every five years since the 1990s. It was begun by FOCUS St. Louis, but SIUE took over the publication in partnership with FOCUS for the last two editions.
This book examines the life and work of one of the Midwest's most prolific photographers, Henry Bregstone, who captured images of a city on the rise and small towns on the decline. The 1920 Census revealed that America had become an urban country, with more than 50% of the population living in cities. Bregstone first captured images of St. Louis on its rise in the 1900s and 1910s, but he then shifted to photographing small towns across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. His life was so much more than photography, though. He was an attorney who didn't practice law, a solider who didn't fight, a religious man who was not observant, and a husband who couldn't be married. The book was featured in the 2018 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. It is available on Amazon through Reedy Press. If there are any difficulties in ordering the book, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Ernest Hemingway did not spend much time in St. Louis, but five St. Louis families shaped his life and enabled his career. Think of all the great associations people have with Hemingway. So many of them were made possible by St. Louisans. Living in Paris in the 20s? That was thanks to first wife's trust fund from the Richardson Drug Company of St. Louis. The house in Key West? That was purchased by Uncle Gus, of the Pfeiffer Chemical Company of St. Louis. The estate in Cuba? That was found and renovated by Martha, his third St. Louis wife. The greatest contribution the book makes is the deep research into the Smith Family. Bill Smith, one of the "Summer People" in Michigan, was a lifelong friend of Ernest's and his family was from St. Louis. It is available through Amazon, as well as The Novel Neighbor and Missouri History Museum, among other places connected to Hemingway. See the book website: www.hemstl.com
This book, available from Amazon and Florissant-area historic preservation groups, is the first examination of slavery in North County. It starts with an examination of the role of John Mullanphy's family in slavery and at Taille de Noyer (Walnut Grove). It also examines the plantations of the Florissant Valley and the stories of slavery that took place here (such as William Wells Brown's Narrative). The book looks at the history of African American settlements in the years after emancipation and follows history up through the Ferguson uprising in 2014. I edited this volume and contributed several of its essays. It is an important examination of Black History and was published by the Florissant Valley Historical Society. Visit the site: www.florissantvalleyhs.com
Housed in the Bowen Archives at SIUE's Lovejoy Library is the Andrew J. Theising Research Collection. I donated my East St. Louis memorabilia and resources to the University to help advance research on that city. It is one of the most-frequently used collections at SIUE. Find it on the SIUE website. https://digitallis.isg.siue.edu/items/show/2378
I add to the collection every few years, with a major addition planned for 2022-23 after my retirement.
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