Homeward Bound: A Transplant's View of Southampton

Note: This essay is from the book Southampton St. Louis: An Unconventional History. For ordering information, go to tp://www.southamptonstl.org/history. Ellen and I moved into our Southampton house on Neosho Street in April 1999. She was about seven months pregnant...

History in Black & White IV: How Deep Is Your Valley?

This is the fourth and final part of an unpublished essay on African American history in St. Louis that I wrote in the late 1990s. Encouraged by the newly formed group Civic Progress, voters in 1955 approved the $110.6 million bond issue needed for the Mill Creek...

History in Black & White III: Stones in Their Passway

This is the third part of an unpublished essay on African American history in St. Louis that I wrote in the late 1990s. The final part will be published on The Write Fox Blog soon. As even more African Americans moved to St. Louis in the early twentieth century, they...

History in Black & White II: Last Fair Deal Gone Down

This is the second part of an unpublished essay on African American history in St. Louis that I wrote in the late 1990s. The third part will be published on The Write Fox Blog soon. When Auguste Chouteau began building St. Louis in 1764 under orders from Pierre...

History in Black & White, Part I: Boredom is an Energy

This is the first part of an unpublished essay on African American history in St. Louis that I wrote in the late 1990s. The second and third parts will be published on The Write Fox Blog in coming weeks. In the spring of 1997, a year into my editorship of Gateway...

Left Bank Books vs. The World: Guess Who's Winning?

Left Bank Books has stood at the southwest corner of Euclid and McPherson in St. Louis' Central West End for nearly 40 years. As neighboring bars, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries have come and gone, Left Bank–one of the city's few independent...