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St. Louis: Racial Transition and Economic Development
St. Louis: Racial transition and economic development
Andrew D.Glassberg
Racial Change and Racial Conflict

The politics of the city of St. Louis continue to revolve around the twin issues of population decline and race. In the 1970s, St. Louis suffered the largest percentage population decline of any large American city. That 27% population loss brought its population down to 453,000, just over half of the city's population at its high point, 856,000 in 1950, according to the Census. The 1980 population total was less than at any other time in the twentieth century.

The 1980s continued the trend of the previous decade, although not at so rapid a rate. A census conducted in St. Louis in 1988 as part of the Census ...

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