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  • Banat Swabians, Bosnians, and the Lessons of a Forgotten Immigrant March 30, 2021
    Guest blogger Benjamin Moore writes about how he got started on what would later become his book, The Names of John Gergen: Immigrant Identities in Early Twentieth-Century St. Louis. Benjamin Moore is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Bosnia Memory Project at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2004, I stumbled upon…
  • The Saint Louis African American Community and the Exodusters February 24, 2021
    In honor of Black History Month, we’re pleased to share a guest blog post by Bryan Jack, author of The St. Louis African American Community and the Exodusters, which was released this month in paperback. In this post, Jack introduces us to the story of Jacob Stevens, an Exoduster who traveled to St. Louis to…
  • “A Thrilling Tale”: The magic and medicine of Rudolph Fisher February 15, 2021
    With his life cut short at 37, Rudolph Fisher left behind two novels, a theatrical adaptation, a host of short stories, and an X-ray practice. Langston Hughes called his friend “too brilliant and too talented to stay long on this earth.” Sean Carlson’s feature in Motif Magazine excellently introduces this remarkable writer whose legacy remains under-celebrated to…