The ninth issue of The Confluence. A regional studies journal published by Lindenwood University Press.
"I Will Continue to Make the Best Defense I Can”: Edward Bates and the Battle over the Missouri Constitution of 1865"
by Mark Alan Neels
Crafting a new constitution for Missouri was politically charged, with careers and reputations both made and broken in the battle. Central to it was Lincoln’s former Attorney General Edward Bates of Missouri.
China’s Participation in the Louisiana Purchase Exposition
by Brian B. Arendt
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition was a “world’s” fair in more ways than one. While it featured exhibits from regions around the globe, it was also embroiled in international politics between the United States and China shaped by American policy and European imperialism, as Brian Arendt demonstrates here.
Where We Stand - The Competitiveness of the St. Louis Region
by John Posey and Mary Ricchio
The East-West Gateway Council of Governments publishes its “Where We Stand” work that analyzes the place of the St. Louis region in the context of other cities. In this article, John Posey and Mary Ricchio interpret and analyze those standings.
Everything May Yet Turn Out All Right”: An Architect’s Adventures in 1939-40 Europe
by Miranda Rechtenwald
When Washington University sent young architect Victor Gilbertson to Europe to study church architecture in 1939, officials knew a war was brewing. What they didn’t realize was that Gilbertson would end up in the middle of the start of a global conflict. His correspondence to and from St. Louis suggests the perils of a young architect.