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

Colin Gordon


This book explores the citizenship experienced by African-Americans in St. Louis County across the last century by examining patterns of municipal incorporation and annexation (much of it in service of racial segregation), the starkly uneven provision of local services (schools, water and sewers, public safety), local approaches to urban renewal (which pointedly “blighted” and relocated African-American neighborhoods), and the potent combination of racial transition, fiscal austerity, and predatory policing that led to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014.

Keywords: segregation, Michael Brown, municipal, suburb, St. Louis, St. Louis County, citizenship, Ferguson, policing, African American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226647487
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226647517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Gordon, author
University of Iowa