St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline tells how the city lives and breathes, beyond French fur traders founding a city on the banks of the Mississippi. It's fur trader Jacques Clamorgan, who left his estate to the four biracial children he fathered with slaves. St. Louis is James Buchannan Eads who built the ironclad boats that helped the Union Army conquer Vicksburg. We remember William Greenleaf Eliot who believed a woman deserved to be educated and founded Washington University. St. Louis is the Voluntary Interdistrict Transfer Program, the longest running and most successful school integration in the nation. On the diamond were the Gashouse Gang and Branch Rickey and Stan Musial and in music--ragtime, blues, and rap. We've hosted crooks, hoodlums and kidnappers, corrupt politicians, and saints. This city will disgust you and make you proud, make you laugh and sing and cry. It is a great place to live, and a place that has a long way to go. It's home.
Carol Ferring Shepley is a former art critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Professor of Art History.
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