America's First Olympics: The St. Louis Games of 1904

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St. Louis, with a population of 575,000, was the fourth-largest city in the United States in 1904 behind New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The site had been founded as a fur trading post in 1763 by Pierre Liguest Laclede, a French trapper and trader, who named the post St. Louis in honor of Louis IX, the Crusader King of France. Louis IX ruled France from 1214 to 1270 and was canonized in 1297. In 1803 the United States negotiated the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France and St. Louis became an American settlement. St. Louis served as the capital of Louisiana Territory (1805–1812) and the Territory of Missouri (1812–1820). As part of the Missouri Compromise in 1820, Missouri, as a slave state, and Maine, as a free state, were admitted to the Union. St. Louis relinquished the capital to Jefferson City, but remained the premier city of Missouri. St. Louis was incorporated as a town in 1821 and as a city in 1823. Located at the junction of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, St. Louis was the natural point of departure for the American West. Lewis and Clark departed from St. Louis up the Missouri River in 1804 on their epic voyage of discovery. American fur

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • A Tale of Two Cities 3
  • The Ghost of Plato 40
  • Transfer Accepted 93
  • St. Louis Olympian Games 113
  • Place in History 201
  • Notes 213
  • Bibliography 223
  • Index 231
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