Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs

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In his path-breaking book Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City, Colin Gordon combined GIS digital mapping techniques with extensive archival research to reach new perspectives on St. Louis’s decades-long struggles with depopulation, segregation, economic disparity, and urban decay. Gordon's current research continues to probe for deeper understanding of the underlying issues and failed policies behind urban crises such as the turmoil in Ferguson after Michael Brown was shot and killed by local police on August 9, 2014.

About the Presenter

Colin Gordon

Colin Gordon is the F. Wendell Miller Professor of History at the University of Iowa and the author of Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City.

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