With vignettes and vintage photographs, St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline takes a wide-angled look at the story of a fur-trading outpost that grew into a major American city. The second edition delves deeper into the mix of politics, personality, and culture that make up the Gateway City. Building on the award-winning first edition, new research reveals how the entire city came together for the best World's Fair of all time, as well as why forces of racism aligned in Ferguson. New tales of visionaries such as Gyo Obata, who escaped Japanese internment camps by studying here and created the country's largest architectural firm, and Dwight Davis, who fashioned Forest Park to embody his belief that athletics develop character, enliven these pages. Guided by historian Carol Shepley, we meet legends of sports, entertainment, and crime, including the Gashouse Gang, Egan's Rats, Branch Rickey, Stan Musial, Scott Joplin, Miles Davis, and Nelly. Heroes and villains, saints and rapscallions, innovators and obstructionists, all have shaped this city.
About the Author
A fifth-generation St. Louisan, Carol Shepley was inspired by stories her parents and grandparents told. An award-winning author, she also wrote Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes: Tales From Bellefontaine Cemetery (2008), Lori's Lessons (2013), and Kathy Buist, Luminous Sites (2015). She taught art history at Maryville, wrote art criticism for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and researched financial issues for Money Magazine. Shepley is married and the mother of three daughters.